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Names of Charleston Victims Released, former Rochester Pastor Will Head Church

By Staff


 Rev. Dr. Norvel Goff Sr

Rev. Dr. Norvel Goff

Charleston County coroner Rae Wooten released the names of the nine victims in Wednesday’s mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a press conference Thursday.

The victims’ names are as follows:

  • Clementa Pinckney, 41, the church’s senior pastor
  • Sharonda Coleman Singleton, 45, assistant pastor
  • Tywanza Sanders, 26
  • Ethel Lance, 70
  • Susie Jackson, 87
  • Cynthia Hurd, 54, manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library
  • Myra Thompson, 59
  • Daniel Simmons Sr., 74
  • DePayne Middleton, 49

In addition, officials said former Rochester pastor Rev. Dr. Norvel Goff Sr., now an elder with the 7th District AME Church in South Carolina, will take over leadership of the church.

Goff had been pastor of Baber African Methodist Episcopal Church in Rochester from 1991 to 2004, as well as head of the local chapter of the NAACP.

He reportedly said he will lead the church until its members find a new pastor.

A prayer vigil has been scheduled for Thursday, 7 p.m. at Baber AME, in Rochester, 550 Meigs St.