A 21-year-old white male named Dylann Roof from Lexington, South Carolina was taken into custody for a shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston that resulted in nine deaths Wednesday.
— The Post and Courier (@postandcourier) June 18, 2015
A Charleston police spokesperson named Charles Francis said the victims “were killed because they were black,” confirming that this tragedy was indeed a hate crime. Pastor and State Sen. Clementa Pinckney was among those killed in the shooting. Six of the victims were women and three were men. One 5-year-old girl survived the shooting by pretending to be dead. Even more chilling is the fact the shooter spent an hour in the church with patrons before opening fire.
— People magazine (@people) June 18, 2015
This type of story shakes us to our core and really makes us question the world around us. Our thoughts are with all the friends and families affected.
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Here is one of the first photos from the AME vigil happening today: