Charleston victims: 9 lives lost to family and community – CNN

(CNN)They gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to study the Bible — a small group, 13 people. Many were familiar faces. One was a stranger.

But it was unfathomable that this stranger was a killer lying in wait, a man who would kill nine churchgoers and church leaders in cold blood.

Police say Dylann Roof went to the church in Charleston, South Carolina, two hours from his home, and shot dead the pastor, other ministers and people who had come Wednesday to learn more about the Word of God.

Here’s what we know about the deceased:

Pastor approached life with purpose

The Rev. Clementa Pinckney died Wednesday doing the work he had always felt was right for him.

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