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The names of some of the innocent lives taken during Wednesday night’s horrific Charleston massacre have been identified by friends and family.

The suspected killer, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church during bible study and opened fire, killing 6 women and 3 men, including the pastor, state senate, Clementa C. Pinckney.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims loved ones.


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Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney was a popular pastor within the community. Not only was he a strong public figure, but he also served as state senator. The 41-year-old was the father to two children, Eliana and Malana. Pinckney received his first appointment as a pastor at age 18, was first elected to the state’s House of Representatives at age 23 and at 27, was elected to the state Senate.

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  1. Helenofreims

    October 16, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Families have my condolence, besides those saying race been quelled “USA” never before look upon justice what. About Black gangs of southern states hello, Odell Williams respected man (1941-2014) murdered by “crips” whom robbing elderly,rape, burglary and narcotics never disclosed. “Black church” hate towards others whom burning religious facilities southern regions. Black gangs fight to remove them! Hate crimes even so many “Whites” been killed by retaliation whom controlling South Carolina economics certainly not “Blacks” trying. Promote Asians nations since Nikki Haley is Indian heritage where is “resolution” to social justice never bigotry is entrenched.

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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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