Rev. Clementa Pinckney


Age: 41

Summary: South Carolina state senator and longtime Democratic Party member of the South Carolina Senate who was head of the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and had been active in his religious community leadership for nearly 30 years, whose political career began in 1996 when he was first elected to the state's House of Representatives before he was elected to the state Senate in 2000 and had held that office ever since.

Cause of Death: Shot to death during a racist mass shooting

Born: July 30, 1973

Died: June 17, 2015

Charleston, South Carolina