Everything You Need to Know About the Charleston Massacre

Final funerals held for Charleston shooting victims.

Final Funerals Held for Charleston Victims - On Friday (July 2), Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74, was laid to rest in the final funeral of the nine Charleston shooting victims. He was remembered as a "driving force" to those around him, the Associated Press reports. A service for Myra Thompson, 59, was held Monday. In a surprise visit, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Emanuel AME Church on Sunday before the funeral service of DePayne Doctor, 49. (Photo: Melissa Boughton/The Post and Courier via AP)

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Final Funerals Held for Charleston Victims - On Friday (July 2), Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74, was laid to rest in the final funeral of the nine Charleston shooting victims. He was remembered as a "driving force" to those around him, the Associated Press reports. A service for Myra Thompson, 59, was held Monday. In a surprise visit, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Emanuel AME Church on Sunday before the funeral service of DePayne Doctor, 49. (Photo: Melissa Boughton/The Post and Courier via AP)

Dylann Roof's Sister Takes Down Wedding GoFundMe - A GoFundMe page created by Dylann Roof's sister has been removed from the website. Amber Roof was raising money to cover the cost of her canceled wedding, which was called off because details about her special day was made public following the killing of nine people at Charleston's Emanuel African Episcopal Church. "We canceled our wedding to protect our family and mourn the lives of those lost," Roof wrote. Roof wrote that 10 percent of the funds would be donated to "Mother Emanuel."   (Photo: Kelly Roof via GoFundMe)

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Dylann Roof's Sister Takes Down Wedding GoFundMe - A GoFundMe page created by Dylann Roof's sister has been removed from the website. Amber Roof was raising money to cover the cost of her canceled wedding, which was called off because details about her special day was made public following the killing of nine people at Charleston's Emanuel African Episcopal Church. "We canceled our wedding to protect our family and mourn the lives of those lost," Roof wrote. Roof wrote that 10 percent of the funds would be donated to "Mother Emanuel." (Photo: Kelly Roof via GoFundMe)

Rep. James Clyburn Speaks at Funeral - Three more funerals were held Saturday (June 27). Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; and Tywana Sanders, 26 were laid to rest. "Nobody here thought we would ever see a day like this in Charleston," Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) said at Hurd's funeral. However, "Today, because of the life of Cynthia Hurd and eight other great people, I have hope ... Her death will lead to change." Read on for everything you need to know about the massacre at Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina.(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Rep. James Clyburn Speaks at Funeral - Three more funerals were held Saturday (June 27). Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; and Tywana Sanders, 26 were laid to rest. "Nobody here thought we would ever see a day like this in Charleston," Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) said at Hurd's funeral. However, "Today, because of the life of Cynthia Hurd and eight other great people, I have hope ... Her death will lead to change." Read on for everything you need to know about the massacre at Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina.(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

First Funerals for Victims Held - Family and friends gathered Thursday morning (June 25) for the funeral of Ethel Lance, a victim of the Charleston church shooting. The 70-year-old was an officer at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. "When it was time for the ushers to usher, she had the usher strut," Rev. Norvel Goff said of Lance, according to AP. A funeral was held for Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, Thursday afternoon. On Friday, a funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney was held.  (Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

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First Funerals for Victims Held - Family and friends gathered Thursday morning (June 25) for the funeral of Ethel Lance, a victim of the Charleston church shooting. The 70-year-old was an officer at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. "When it was time for the ushers to usher, she had the usher strut," Rev. Norvel Goff said of Lance, according to AP. A funeral was held for Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, Thursday afternoon. On Friday, a funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney was held. (Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hate Crime Charges Are Likely in Charleston Shooting - Justice for the victims of the Emanuel AME Church shooting may be handed down swiftly. A report from the New York Times states that the Justice Department will likely file hate crime charges against Dylann Roof in the killing of nine African-Americans. The FBI says it is ?with a high degree of certainty? that Roof published racist content on a website.  (Photo: Mic Smith/AP Photo)

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Hate Crime Charges Are Likely in Charleston Shooting - Justice for the victims of the Emanuel AME Church shooting may be handed down swiftly. A report from the New York Times states that the Justice Department will likely file hate crime charges against Dylann Roof in the killing of nine African-Americans. The FBI says it is “with a high degree of certainty” that Roof published racist content on a website. (Photo: Mic Smith/AP Photo)

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March in Charleston to Emanuel AME - Tuesday night (June 23), some 200 people marched in Charleston to remember the victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting last week. Several members of the New Black Panther Party participated in the demonstration that began at Marion Square and continued to the site of the tragedy.   (Photo: Mic Smith/AP Photo)

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March in Charleston to Emanuel AME - Tuesday night (June 23), some 200 people marched in Charleston to remember the victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting last week. Several members of the New Black Panther Party participated in the demonstration that began at Marion Square and continued to the site of the tragedy. (Photo: Mic Smith/AP Photo)

SC Rep. Bill Chumley Says Victims 'Waited to Be Shot' - State Rep. Bill Chumley believes the victims of the shooting could have done more to save themselves from dying. The South Carolina politician told CNN Tuesday (June 23), "These people sit in there and waited their turn to be shot." He continued, "That's sad ? that somebody in there with the means of self-defense could have stopped this. And we'd have less funerals than we're having." (Photo: CNN)

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SC Rep. Bill Chumley Says Victims 'Waited to Be Shot' - State Rep. Bill Chumley believes the victims of the shooting could have done more to save themselves from dying. The South Carolina politician told CNN Tuesday (June 23), "These people sit in there and waited their turn to be shot." He continued, "That's sad … that somebody in there with the means of self-defense could have stopped this. And we'd have less funerals than we're having." (Photo: CNN)

Obama Delivers Eulogy - President Obama delivered the eulogy at Rev. Clementa Pinckney's funeral on Friday (June 26) in Charleston. POTUS and first lady Michelle Obama knew the late pastor and state senator, who was an early supporter during Obama's run for presidency.(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Obama Delivers Eulogy - President Obama delivered the eulogy at Rev. Clementa Pinckney's funeral on Friday (June 26) in Charleston. POTUS and first lady Michelle Obama knew the late pastor and state senator, who was an early supporter during Obama's run for presidency.(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Says It Was an Act of Terrorism - Rallies, marches and vigils are being held around the nation. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio says make no mistake, this was an "act of [domestic] terrorism" based on the "... pervasive racism we're still dealing with in this country," and easy access to a gun. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Says It Was an Act of Terrorism - Rallies, marches and vigils are being held around the nation. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio says make no mistake, this was an "act of [domestic] terrorism" based on the "... pervasive racism we're still dealing with in this country," and easy access to a gun. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Bail Set at $1M - A judge has set Dylann Roof's bond at $1 million on his charge of possession of a firearm. He was arrested after a manhunt the day following the massacre. Judge James Gosnell said he didn't have the authority to set bail based on the nine counts of murder Roof faces. "We have victims, nine, but we also have victims on the other side," Gosnell said, referring to Roof's family.(Photo: AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Bail Set at $1M - A judge has set Dylann Roof's bond at $1 million on his charge of possession of a firearm. He was arrested after a manhunt the day following the massacre. Judge James Gosnell said he didn't have the authority to set bail based on the nine counts of murder Roof faces. "We have victims, nine, but we also have victims on the other side," Gosnell said, referring to Roof's family.(Photo: AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Daughter of Victim to Dylann Roof: 'I Forgive You'

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Daughter of Victim to Dylann Roof: 'I Forgive You' - During the bond hearing Friday afternoon (June 19), a daughter of one of the victims told Roof, "I forgive you."A woman who was in the church during the shooting said, "Every fiber in my body hurts; May God have mercy," the Associated Press reports. (Photo: Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP)

Roof Charged With 9 Counts of Murder - Roof is reportedly in a solitary confinement cell next to former officer Michael T. Slager, who is awaiting trial for killing Walter Scott in April. The Charleston Police Department charged Dylann Roof with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm in the killing of nine innocent Black people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the department tweeted Friday morning (June 19). A bond hearing for Roof occurred Friday afternoon.   (Photo: Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP)

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Roof Charged With 9 Counts of Murder - Roof is reportedly in a solitary confinement cell next to former officer Michael T. Slager, who is awaiting trial for killing Walter Scott in April. The Charleston Police Department charged Dylann Roof with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm in the killing of nine innocent Black people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the department tweeted Friday morning (June 19). A bond hearing for Roof occurred Friday afternoon.  (Photo: Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP)

Massacre in Charleston - The terrorism on Black people and spaces continues. Nine African-American parishioners, including a pastor, were shot and killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night (June 17). The suspect, Dylann Roof, was arrested Thursday morning. ?I do believe this was a hate crime,? said Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen Thursday morning at a press conference. The FBI is investigating the case.   (Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Massacre in Charleston - The terrorism on Black people and spaces continues. Nine African-American parishioners, including a pastor, were shot and killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night (June 17). The suspect, Dylann Roof, was arrested Thursday morning. “I do believe this was a hate crime,” said Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen Thursday morning at a press conference. The FBI is investigating the case.  (Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

The Victims

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The Victims - The victims have been identified as Cynthia Hurd, 54; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; and DePayne Doctor, 49. One of the victims was South Carolina Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the church's senior pastor (pictured). (Photo: Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP)

Ethal Lance - Ethel Lance, 70, was one of the nine innocent people killed Wednesday. She was a custodian at the Emanuel A.M.E Church for 30 years and was attending bible study when Roof opened fire, the Post and Courier reports. She enjoyed performances and worked at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium for more than 30 years before retiring in 2002.(Photo: Courtesy of Najee Washington) 

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Ethal Lance - Ethel Lance, 70, was one of the nine innocent people killed Wednesday. She was a custodian at the Emanuel A.M.E Church for 30 years and was attending bible study when Roof opened fire, the Post and Courier reports. She enjoyed performances and worked at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium for more than 30 years before retiring in 2002.(Photo: Courtesy of Najee Washington) 

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Sharonda Coleman-Singleton - Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was a reverend at Emanuel, the mother of three and a girls' track coach at Goose Creek High School.  (Photo: the Goose Creek Gators via Facebook)

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Sharonda Coleman-Singleton - Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was a reverend at Emanuel, the mother of three and a girls' track coach at Goose Creek High School. (Photo: the Goose Creek Gators via Facebook)

Cynthia Hurd

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Cynthia Hurd - Cynthia Hurd had worked for 31 years at the Charleston County Public Library. Most recently she was a manager at the St. Andrews Regional Library. "Her loss is incomprehensible, and we ask for prayers for her family, her co-workers, her church and this entire community as we come together to face this tragic loss," the CCPL wrote in a statement.(Photo: CCPL.org)

Susie Jackson

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Susie Jackson - The eldest of the victims was Susie Jackson, a long-time member of the church.  (Photo: Michael Skolnik via Twitter)

Tywanza Sanders - Tywanza Sanders was the youngest of the group shot dead in the church shooting. He had recently graduated from Allen University and was working at a barber shop, Buzzfeed reports.   (Photo: Tywanza Sanders via Facebook)

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Tywanza Sanders - Tywanza Sanders was the youngest of the group shot dead in the church shooting. He had recently graduated from Allen University and was working at a barber shop, Buzzfeed reports.  (Photo: Tywanza Sanders via Facebook)

President Obama Speaks Out - "At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," President Obama said Thursday (June 18). "It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. It is in our power to do something about it."  (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

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President Obama Speaks Out - "At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," President Obama said Thursday (June 18). "It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. It is in our power to do something about it." (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

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The Shooter - Roof is a 21-year-old white male who has a history of trespassing on private property and drug possession. He was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina, during a traffic stop Thursday (June 18). He allegedly told the congregation that he came there "to shoot Black people," according to CNN.  (Photo: Lexington County Detention Center)

How It Unfolded

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How It Unfolded - Wednesday evenings are weekly bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Attendees gather to seek “a closer relationship to God,” the site states. Roof was in attendance with a different motive. After an hour, he opened fire on the congregation in attendance. A five-year-old reportedly played dead to survive the attack. The FBI is investigating and will determine if it was a hate crime. (Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

Prayers for Charleston Church - After hearing the news of the deaths, mourners joined hands in prayer Wednesday night into Thursday morning to find healing and comfort after the tragic events.(Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Prayers for Charleston Church - After hearing the news of the deaths, mourners joined hands in prayer Wednesday night into Thursday morning to find healing and comfort after the tragic events.(Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Distraught -  A distraught man is comforted as a group of concerned people arrive inquiring about a shooting across the street Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina.(Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

Overwhelming Pain - A man in the picture kneels across from the sight where a shooter opened fire on innocent congregants Wednesday.(Photo: Wade Spees/The Post And Courier via AP)

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Overwhelming Pain - A man in the picture kneels across from the sight where a shooter opened fire on innocent congregants Wednesday.(Photo: Wade Spees/The Post And Courier via AP)

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Historical Meaning of the AME Church - Affectionately known as ?Mother Emanuel,? Charleston?s African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1816 and is the oldest AME church in the south. It was founded by Morris Brown after Black members of the Charleston?s Methodist Episcopal church left because of racism they faced.  (Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Historical Meaning of the AME Church - Affectionately known as “Mother Emanuel,” Charleston’s African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1816 and is the oldest AME church in the south. It was founded by Morris Brown after Black members of the Charleston’s Methodist Episcopal church left because of racism they faced. (Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

ACLU Says Shooting Shows Need for 'Racial Equality' - "Although the motives are unclear at this point, this attack against Black people in an institution that has such historical and cultural importance detracts from years of healing undertaken by our communities. Senator Clementa Pinckney stood for civil liberties, and we mourn his loss with the other victims," Victoria Middleton, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina said in a statement Thursday (June 18).  (Photo: Wade Spees/The Post And Courier via AP)

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ACLU Says Shooting Shows Need for 'Racial Equality' - "Although the motives are unclear at this point, this attack against Black people in an institution that has such historical and cultural importance detracts from years of healing undertaken by our communities. Senator Clementa Pinckney stood for civil liberties, and we mourn his loss with the other victims," Victoria Middleton, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina said in a statement Thursday (June 18). (Photo: Wade Spees/The Post And Courier via AP)

Charleston Police Chief Calls Suspect 'Dangerous' - Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said at a news conference, Thursday (June 18), that Roof was a 'very dangerous' individual. ?We believe this is a hate crime; that is how we are investigating it,? he revealed to the public.(Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Charleston Police Chief Calls Suspect 'Dangerous' - Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said at a news conference, Thursday (June 18), that Roof was a 'very dangerous' individual. “We believe this is a hate crime; that is how we are investigating it,” he revealed to the public.(Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Denmark Vesey in 1822 - During the 1820s, Denmark Vesey, a freed Black who was planning what would have been one of the largest slave revolts in U.S., was a leader at the Charleston AME. church in 1822. Vesey, along with 1,000 freed and enslaved Africans, planned to seize Charleston, South Carolina, were reportedly plotting to kill all whites and those in authority, until a slave revealed the plan to his master.Some sources say his plan involved a total of 9,000 Blacks in the region. Vesey, who was born in St. Thomas, West Indies, was brought to America as property of Captain Vesey, whom he traveled with between Haiti and Charleston for 20 years. He bought his freedom in an auction in 1800 and became a successful carpenter and influential preacher in the region. It is not certain whether the planned uprising was a conspiracy or was really planned. But it was enough fear for t...

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Petition Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag - A petition is going around calling for the removal of the confederate flag at all government places. As of Friday afternoon (June 19), it has 161,000 signatures and will be delivered to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, the State House and Senate where it still flies. “Symbols of hate have no place in our government,” the petition by organizer Karen Hunter reads. “The Confederate flag is not a symbol of southern pride but rather a symbol of rebellion and racism.”  (Photographer: Mickey Welsh / Bloomberg News)

Roof's Roommate and Friend Speaks Out - Roof's roommate Dalton Taylor told ABC News that Roof was planning the shooting spree for six months and that Roof was passionate about segregation. "He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself,? Taylor said.Joseph Meek Jr., a friend of Roof's, told the Associated Press Roof believed "Blacks were taking over the world." Roof thought, "Someone needed to do something about it for the white race," Meek said.   (Photo: Courtesy of Najee Washington)

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Roof's Roommate and Friend Speaks Out - Roof's roommate Dalton Taylor told ABC News that Roof was planning the shooting spree for six months and that Roof was passionate about segregation. "He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself,” Taylor said.Joseph Meek Jr., a friend of Roof's, told the Associated Press Roof believed "Blacks were taking over the world." Roof thought, "Someone needed to do something about it for the white race," Meek said.  (Photo: Courtesy of Najee Washington)