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Charleston Church Shooting Victims Identified

The identities of the nine victims of Wednesday night’s shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, have been released.

Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor and Susie Jackson were shot and killed by a gunman around 9 p.m. Wednesday during a prayer meeting inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The Charleston county coroner, Rae Wooton, confirmed the victims’ names at a 3 p.m. press conference. All suffered gunshots, she said.

“We will be continuing our investigation through many means, including autopsy,” Wooton added. “While the autopsies are not expected to provide us any real, new information, it’s important to the process.”

For more on each victim’s life read on here. 

PAKISTAN, Karachi : A Pakistani resident helps a heatstroke victim at a market area during a heatwave in Karachi on June 23, 2015. The death toll from a heatwave in southern Pakistan on June 23 passed 450 as medics battled to treat victims after imposing a state of emergency in hospitals, health officials said. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM                        

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These are the 9 black lives lost in the Charleston shooting. We must remember them. 

Throughout Thursday, media attention was transfixed by Dylann Roof, the suspected shooter in the Charleston massacre. At the same time, however, comparatively few media reports are devoting much attention to the victims. Even more than 12 hours after the incident, relatively little is known about each individual killed. These are their names, faces and stories.

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Judy Ann Dull was a 19-year-old model who was offered $50 by serial killer Harvey Glatman to pose for a true crime magazine. Dull would become the killer’s first victim. Once she arrived at his apartment, he bound her—insisting that it was all for the photo shoot. He then threatened her with a gun if she did not strip down. She complied, and he proceeded to take more photographs. After he was finished with the shoot, he raped her several times.

Later that night, she was told she was going to be released in another town. That, however, was not his true intention. Instead, he drove her 125 miles to the desert where he strangled her and photographed the dead body. Her body was found four months later in December 1957. The picture on the right is one of many photographs Glatman took of Dull on the night of her murder.

S.C. state Rep. William Chumley just blamed the Charleston victims for their own deaths 

In an interview with CNN Tuesday, Chumley offers the standard response given by Confederate flag defenders, then things go wildly off course. He shifts the conversation to the victims and “self defense.” While Chumley may never have said the word “gun,” his intention was clear.