June 20, 2015

Terrible Tragedy at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina

On June 17, 2015, the following people died at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina. 

The victims of Dylann Roof
Cynthia Hurd, age 54, branch manager for the Charleston County Library System

Susie Jackson, age 87, longtime church member

Ethel Lance, age 70, employee of Emanuel AME Church for 30 years

Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, age 49, admissions counselor of Southern Wesleyan University

The Honorable Rev. Clementa Pinckney, age 41, state senator, Reverend of Emanuel AME Church

Tywanza Sanders, age 26, earned business administration degree from Allen University

Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., age 74, retired pastor (died at MUSC)

Rev. Sharonda Singleton, age 45, track coach at Goose Creek High School

Myra Thompson, age 59, church member

Dylann Roof, age 21, of Eastover, South Carolina, a white male, had wandered into the church at about 8:00 p.m., to participate in a Bible Study Group at the church. He was welcomed with open arms. He sat with the group for about an hour and then pulled out a gun and opened fire on everyone in the room. He reloaded his 45-caliber
Dylann Roof
handgun several times.

He told his victims that African-Americans were taking over the U.S.A. and raping white women. When Tywanza Sanders, age 26, said to Dylann Roof: "You don't have to do this.". Dylann answered: "I have to do this."

Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder. He has pled guilty to these horrendous acts of murder. He stated that at first he considered not pursuing his plan because everyone at the church was so nice to him.

Dylann was a self-professed racist. He had a confederate license plate on his car. He wore patches on his jacket from Apartheid era South Africa and Rhodesia when it was under white control.

Dylann Roof left high school after the 9th grade. He had spent much of the last few weeks guzzling vodka in a haze of cigarette smoke. He bounced back and forth between his dad's home in Columbia, South Carolina, and the place his mother and her boyfriend shared in nearby Lexington. His life was slowly falling apart. 

Jesus, pray for Cynthia, Susie, Ethel, DePayne, Clementa, Tywanza, Daniel,
Sharonda and Myra and for those who have lost them.
Of course, Dylann Roof is a psychopath. It is unfortunate that his family members weren't aware of this fact before this tragedy unfolded. Perhaps they could have guided him to some sort of psychiatric help and prevented the mass murder of the innocents.

If you wish to donate to the Emanuel Church you can do so at this website

The loved ones of the victims are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. Oceans of tears will be shed for them. They will be forever mourned.

The victims are survived by many loving friends and family members who will forever miss them.

Pray for justice for all of these poor souls who were so unjustly struck down.

God save us from Psychopaths. They are killing us, Father.

Pray that Cynthia, Susie, Ethel, DePayne, Clementa, Tywanza, Daniel, Sharonda and Myra are in Heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

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