Funerals held for 3 more Charleston shooting victims

2015-06-27 22:54
Mourners file into the funeral of Cynthia Hurd, 54, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where her and  eight others were killed in a mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. (Joe Raedle, AFP)

Mourners file into the funeral of Cynthia Hurd, 54, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where her and eight others were killed in a mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. (Joe Raedle, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Charleston - Funerals for three more victims of a deadly shooting during a Bible study group in South Carolina were being held Saturday at the church where they were slain.

Services were first held for 54-year-old Cynthia Hurd at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, 11 days after a gunman entered the church and killed her and eight other people - all African-Americans. Police contend the attack was racially motivated.

Hurd, a long-time Charleston librarian, will be remembered as a tireless public servant and loving family member, speakers at her funeral said. Attendees included South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, US Senator Tim Scott and the Reverend Jesse Jackson, a leading civil rights activist.

"Her death will lead to change and Cynthia Hurd will be helping millions," said Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley Jr during a eulogy.

Riley remembered Hurd as a young girl serving ice cream. She went from serving people ice cream, he said, "to leading them to knowledge," as a librarian for almost 30 years.

Funerals for Tywanza Sanders, 26, and Susie Jackson, 87, were to take place at the church later in the day.

Obama eulogy

The funerals follow one on Friday for another victim, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the church's pastor, whose eulogy was delivered in person by President Barack Obama.

Obama sang a hymn of hope and spoke with the fervour of a preacher as he eulogized Pinckney, and minced no words in calling for an end to racial injustice and gun violence in the United States. Obama suddenly began singing the hymn "Amazing Grace," quickly joined by ministers and some of the thousands who packed into the arena at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

The nation's first black president called for gun control and efforts to eliminate poverty and job discrimination, and said the Confederate battle flag — long a symbol of Southern pride — must be removed from places of honour.

"For many — black and white — that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. We see that now," he said during Pinckney's funeral.

Hours later, a woman was arrested early on Saturday on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in Columbia after scaling a flagpole to rip down a Confederate flag that flew at the Statehouse. Bree Newsome, 30, was arrested immediately afterward.

She and James Ian Tyson, 30, also of Charlotte, face misdemeanour charges in the incident.

The Confederate flag was carried by forces supporting the secessionist, pro-slavery southern states during the American Civil War.

Read more on:    barack obama  |  us  |  charleston shooting

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.