Throughout the country, vigils were held to commemorate the dead and to honor the lives they had lived. Below are the nine ordinary people taken from the world before their time.
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Pinckney wasn't the only religious leader taken in Wednesday's massacre. Another reverend at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was also a local high school track coach and a mother of three. The Facebook page of Goose Creek High School described their loss and said a vigil would be held in Coleman-Singleton's honor at 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Her son Chris also asked for prayers from his Twitter account.
Something extremely terrible has happened to my mom tonight, please pray for her and my family. Pray asap— Chris Singleton (@csingleton__2) June 18, 2015
4. Tywanza Sanders, 26
— Tib (@hazrithasit) June 18, 2015