DOJ launches hate crime investigation into Charleston church shooting

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The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest AME church in the South. Nine people died in a hate crime shooting on June 17, 2015.

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CHARLESTON, SC — The Department of Justice is opening a hate crime investigation into the shooting that took place at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, a DOJ spokesperson said Thursday.

The investigation will run parallel to the state investigation and will coordinate with the FBI.

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The Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified all nine victims of shooting. We have posted them below.

Cynthia Hurd, 54
Suzy Jackson, 87
Ethel Lance, 70
Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, 49
Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41
Tywanza Sanders, 26
Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74
Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45
Myra Thompson, 59

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