Clementa Pinckney Killed: Democratic State Senator And Pastor Among Victims Of Charleston Church Shooting

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(Emanuel AME Church)

South Carolina Democratic State Senator Clementa Pinckney was reportedly one of the nine victims killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the south, on Wednesday night, when a man believed to be Dylann Storm Roof opened fire on the church’s members. According to police, the assailant sat in the church, located in Charleston, for an hour during a prayer meeting before shooting several people. Roof was taken into custody on Thursday.

Even though police have not yet identified the names of the victims, it’s believed that Pinckney, who was a pastor at Emanuel AME church, was those fatally shot in the horrific event. The 41-year-old was said to be a prominent figure in the Charleston community. According to the church’s website, he began preaching at 13 years old, and was first appointed to be a pastor at 18. He was also heavily involved in helping the Charleston community, and won the election for the South Carolina state senate in 2000, when he was only 27 years old. Pinckney had previously been elected to South Carolina’s House of Representatives at the age of 23.

In April, Pinckney led a peaceful rally after the death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who was killed in South Carolina by a white police officer named Michael Slager. Following Scott’s death, Pinckney campaigned to have officers wear body cameras while working to record “what happens during a police stop.” According to reports, the politician and activist met with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, just hours before the fatal church shooting. Clinton was in Charleston to give a speech for her campaign.

As Gossip Cop reported, Clinton tweeted about the shooting, “Heartbreaking news from Charleston – my thoughts and prayers are with you all.” It was also revealed that both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden knew Pinckney, and was familiar with the church. In the wake of the massacre, South Carolina photojournalist Rich Owensby took picture of Pinckney’s desk on the Senate floor, where it was draped in black as a sign of mourning. See below. Pinckney is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Eliana and Malana.


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