Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten said her part of the investigation is getting underway in the shooting deaths of nine people. All will have an autopsy performed on them.
It’s a procedure she said that will take effort and patience. “This process is going to be fairly lengthy,” Wooten told reporters Thursday afternoon. She could not give timeframe in which all of the autopsies would be completed. She said she needs to focus on each one without losing sight of the big picture. “In a way to deal with each one very individually and not impact the overall process.”
She identified all nine victims Thursday afternoon. They range in age from 26 to 87.
The identified victims are:
Clementa Pinckney, 41, a pastor at the church and state senator.
Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, a member of the Emanuel AME ministerial staff and a girls’ track & field coach at Goose Creek High School. She was an alum of South Carolina State University. Her son plays baseball at Charleston Southern University, according to the Charleston Post & Courier.
Tywanza Sanders, 26, a 2014 Allen University graduate with a degree in business administration
Ethel Lance, 70, a sexton at Emanuel AME. Her grandson told the Charleston Post & Courier that Lance had worked at the church more than 30 years.
Susie Jackson, 87, the oldest victim of Wednesday’s shooting
Cynthia Hurd, 54, a regional manager at the St. Andrews branch of the Charleston County Library
Myra Thompson, 59, her husband was a vicar at Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston
Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74, a retired pastor who also served on Emanuel’s ministerial staff
Rev. DePayne Middleton Doctor, 49, retired Charleston County director of the Community Development Block Grant Program. Her nephew Patrick Rooks played basketball at Clemson University before transferring this past year.
Three of the victims (Pinckney, Sanders, and Simmons) were alumni of Allen University, a historically-black AME college in Columbia. Two (Hurd and Doctor) had been employees with Charleston County.
All nine were killed Wednesday night by a lone white gunman. The suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof was arrested on Thursday following a traffic stop in North Carolina. Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said investigators are treating the case as a hate crime.