Nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., including senior pastor Rev. Clementa Pinckney, were shot and killed Wednesday evening in what is being investigated as a hate crime In the wake of the shooting at a historically black Charleston, S.C. church that left nine people dead Wednesday evening, the city is collecting money to support the victims’ families.
The Charleston County coroner released the names of the victims in a press conference Thursday afternoon:
Cynthia Hurd: 54 year-old.
Susie Jackson: 87 years-old
Ethel Lance: 70 years-old
Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor: 49 years-old. Retired from Charleston Co. in 2005 from Community Development Block program.
Tywanza Sanders: 26 years-old
Rev. Daniel Simmons, Sr.: 74 years-old. The victim who died at the hospital.
Rev. Sharonda Singleton: 45 years-old
Myra Thompson: 59 years-old
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley announced the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund Thursday and said the city has already pledged $5,000. The fund will help the victims’ relatives pay for funerals for their loved ones, counseling services and other needs as they heal from the tragedy.
The website for contributions to this fund is expected to be functioning by noon on Friday. Those wishing to contribute will also be able to do so at any Wells Fargo branch by specifying that they’d like to donate to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.
In the meantime, the fund will be accepting checks made out to “Mother Emanuel Hope Fund” at the following address:
Mother Emanuel Hope Fund
C/O City of Charleston
P.O. Box 304
Charleston, SC 29402