feature: 9 dead after white terrorist guns down church members at historic black church in south carolina

June 18, 2015

Last night, nine people were gunned down by a white male at one of South Carolina’s most historic black churches. Church members were gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Church ( in Charleston) for bible service when the man – approximately 21 years of age – started shooting. One of those killed in the mass shooting was the church’s pastor, state Senator Clementa Pinckney. “It is senseless and it is unfathomable that someone in today’s society can walk into a church where people are having a prayer meeting and take their lives” said Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen. The mayor of Charleston, Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., has described the attack as a “hate crime”. I would go further and call it terrorism. Read more on this developing story here. RIP 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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