Thursday, December 17, 2015, marks six months since the Charleston Church Shooting at Mother Emanuel in downtown Charleston.
Nine parishioners were gunned down at Emanuel A.M.E. Church after they welcomed a stranger into their bible study.
The church’s paster and South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Tywanza Sanders, DePayne Middleton Doctor, Ethel Lance, the Rev. Daniel Simmons, Susie Jackson and Myra Thompson lost their lives on the evening of June 17.
Felicia Sanders, mother of Tywanza Sanders, and her five-year-old granddaughter, along with Polly Sheppard, a bible study member, and Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s wife and daughter all survived the shooting unharmed.
The shooting turned all eyes to Charleston.
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The morning after the mass shooting, police in Shelby, NC arrested a suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof.
Roof admitted to investigators that he’s the person who walked into the church and committed the unthinkable crime and will go on trial in July of 2016. The State will seek the death penalty.
Roof posted pictures of himself on social media with the Confederate Flag before he allegedly committed the crime.
It renewed debate over the Confederate Flag flying on Statehouse grounds.
On July 10, 2015, the flag was removed from the the Statehouse grounds and was taken to the Confederate Relic room and military museum in Columbia. Officials are still working on what will happen to the flag.
Roof’s self-proclaimed best friend, Joey Meek, was questioned and arrested by Federal investigators but is currently out on bail. Investigators say that Meek knew about Roof’s plans before the shooting but he didn’t tell anyone.
In the days after the shooting, Meek told reporters he remembered Roof drunkenly vowing one night to “do something crazy.” Meek said he hid Roof’s gun that night and gave it back the following morning. He also said that Roof wanted to “start a race war.”