|Posted by The Reunion Black Family on June 19, 2015 at 1:55 AM|
Charleston Massacred .Church Shooter Wore White Supremacist Apartheid-era Flag Patches On Jacket.
The 21-year-old posed for a Facebook photo wearing a black jacket adorned with the South African flag flown during the apartheid era and a second patch bearing the flag of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.
Both patches are symbols of white supremacy groups, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Police are investigating the bloodbath as a hate massacred, and a witness told reporters that Roof yelled out, “You’re taking over our country,” before opening fire.
The South Africa flag, adopted in 1928 and dropped in 1994 at the end of apartheid, features orange, white and blue horizontal stripes “combined with miniature flags representing the different colonies that came together to form” the country, according to the ADL.
The Rhodesian flag, with two vertical green stripes and a white stripe with a symbol in the middle, was flown when a small white minority ran the tiny country, now Zimbabwe, until 1979.
Those symbols can be a subtle way for a white supremacist to support their deranged cause, Pitcavage said.
A gunman was at large early Thursday after a prayer service became a massacre at a historic black church in South Carolina the night before.
Nine people were shot dead inside Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston Wednesday night. Police are calling the attack a hate crime.
The gunman — described as a white male between 21 and 25 — sat down at the service before standing and opening fire, the Post and Courierreported. He spared one woman so she could tell everyone what happened, Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott told the paper after speaking with her family.
“This is a tragedy that no community should have to experience,” Charles Police Chief Gregory Mullen told media early Thursday while confirming the fatalitiesat the Mother Emanuel AME Church. “It is senseless and unfathomable that somebody in today’s society would walk into a church and take their lives.”
Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41
Clementa Pinckney, pastor and state senator killed in S.C. massacre, remembered as gentle man with ‘Barry White voice’
The Rev. Clementa Pinckney was identified as one of the nine people murdered by a racist gunman inside a historic black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
But Pinckney was also a long-serving Democratic state senator. And he was remembered Thursday as both a good shepherd to his flock — and a statesman who worked tirelessly for his constituents.
Democratic State Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney is the church's pastor. He is believed to have been in the church during the shooting, according to local media.
Mother Emanuel calls itself “the oldest AME church in the south” on its website and its Holy City history dates back to 1816, according to the Post and Courier. The church holds a Bible study session every Wednesday at 6 p.m., its website says.
The mass shooting drew stunned responses from political leaders around the state and nationwide.
Cynthia Hurd, 54
According to her employer, the Charleston County Public Library, Cynthia Hurd "dedicated her life to serving and improving the lives of others." Photos of Hurd smiling can be seen on the library's Flickr page. In honor of her death and 31 years of service, the library announced it would close all its branches Thursday. "Her loss is incomprehensible," the CCPL said, Buzzfeed reported.
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45
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.
Tywanza Sanders, 26
The banner of Tywanza Sanders' Facebook page reads "your dreams are calling you." For him, that meant a degree from Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, in their Division of Business Administration in 2014. Sanders, who friends suggested was shy, had expressed an interest in broadcasting. In a statement reported by Buzzfeed, the school's vice president of Institutional Advancement, Flavia Eldemire, said Sanders was "a quiet, well-known student who was committed to his education." Initial reports indicate he died while protecting other members of his family.
Myra Thompson, 59
Myra Thompson was the wife of another religious figure, Rev. Anthony Thompson, the vicar of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston. Church official Archbishop Foley Beach asked followers to pray in the aftermath.
Ethel Lee Lance, 70
Ethel Lee Lance was a grandmother and sexton at Emanuel AME when her life was taken. Her grandson Jon Quil Lance told the Post and Courier, "Granny was the heart of the family," and added she had worked in the church for more than three decades.
Susie Jackson, 87
Another grandmother, Susie Jackson was also a longtime member of Emanuel AME and was identified as a victim by a relative. She was also Lance's cousin, according to the Post and Courier.
Daniel L. Simmons, 74
The only victim who did not die at the church, 74-year-old Daniel Simmons succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital, authorities said at a press conference Thursday. Simmons, a retired pastor from another church, regularly attended Wednesday Bible study services at Emanuel AME and June 17, 2015 was, tragically, no exception, ABC News reported.
Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49
According to her LinkedIn profile, Doctor worked as a former manager of the U.S. Department of Commerce and graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a Master's degree, Organizational Management