​Vigils held across country for victims of Charleston shooting

Mourners pray outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015, a day after a mass shooting left nine dead during a bible study at the church (Reuters / Brian Snyder)
Vigils are being held in the Charleston, South Carolina area and across the country for victims of a tragic shooting at a historic black church.

Nine people were killed and one injured when a shooter opened fire during a Bible study session at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on Wednesday night.

Rev. Clementa Pinckney

The Reverend Clementa Pinckney, 41, was also a state senator for South Carolina; the youngest in South Carolina's history, according to Time.

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton

The assistant pastor of the church, 45-year-old Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was killed while leading the Bible study class. She was the mother of three and the track coach at the local high school.

Her son Chris tweeted about her on the night of the shooting.

Tywanza Sanders

Tywanza Sanders was a 26-year-old barber who had recently graduated from Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina with a degree in business administration. He died while trying to save a family member during the incident,accordingto BuzzFeed News.

Ethel Lee Lance

Ethel Lee Lance, 70, a sexton of the church, also lost her life.

“She’s a Christian, hardworking; I could call my granny for anything. I don’t have anyone else like that,” her grandson Jon Quil Lance told The Post and Courier outside Medical University Hospital.

She had worked at the church for more than 30 years, he told the newspaper.

Cynthia Hurd

Cynthia Hurd, 54, who had worked as a librarian for 31 years, was killed in the shooting. She had been serving as the manager of the St. Andrew’s Regional Library since 2011.

“Cynthia was a tireless servant of the community who spent her life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth,” the library said in astatementon Facebook.

Myra Thompson

Myra Thompson, 59, was also killed at the Bible study group.

Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr.

The Revered Daniel L. Simmons Sr., 74, a retired pastor from another Charleston church, who was on the ministerial staff at AME, died in the shooting.

Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor

The Reverend DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, was also one of the victims of the shooting. She was a minister and the mother of four daughters.

Susie Jackson

Susie Jackson also had her life taken. She was 87, making her the oldest of the victims.