AME Victims’ Families: We Welcomed You…With Open Arms…We Forgive You…We Won’t Let Hate Win


victims of Dylann RoofVictims, top row first, left to right

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

While Marc Lamont Hill, Van Jones, and their ilk are spreading hate and dividing us, the families of the victims are spreading forgiveness.

The families of the victims in Charleston are among the most remarkable people I have ever heard. Their faith in God sets them apart from the common man. They won’t let hate win. They have love and God in their hearts.

The survivor the killer left alive said that they welcomed the killer…we enjoyed you…she said.


DAUGHTER OF ETHEL LANCE: “I just want to know how he can take such a precious life. I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you and have mercy on your soul. You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people. But God forgives you and I forgive you.”

ANTHONY THOMPSON: “The same thing she just said. My family forgives me, but we would like to you take this opportunity to repent. Give your life to the one that matters the most, Christ, so that he can change the ways no matter what happens to you and you’ll be okay. Do that and you’ll be better off than you are right now.”

FELICIA SANDERS: “We welcomed you Wednesday night in our bible study with open arms. You have killed some of the best people that I know. Every fiber in my body hurts. And I will never be the same. Tywanza Sanders was my son, but Tywanza was my hero. Tywanza was my hero. But as we said in bible study, we enjoyed you, but may God have mercy on you.”

ALAN SIMMONS: “Although my grandfather and the other victims died, this is proof, everyone’s plea for your soul is proof that they lived and loved and their lies will live and love. I just want to thank the court for making sure that hate doesn’t win.”

NN FEMALE 1: “Reverend DePayne was my sister. I want to thank you on behalf of my sister for not allowing hate to win. For me I’m a work in progress, and I acknowledge that I am very angry. But one thing DePayne always joined in with our family was she taught me that we are the family that love built. We have no room for hate, but we have to forgive. I pray God on your soul. And I also thank God that I won’t be around when your judgment comes with him. God bless you.”



  1. Good morning Sara!
    I have to give those folks credit for their kindness. The only part I don’t agree with, and this sometimes gets me into trouble, is that as benevolent as these grieving people are, they are not required to forgive this guy. He didn’t ask for it and has no remorse. Until he actually asks for forgiveness, then they’re required to grant it … until then, I hope he rots in hell.
    God doesn’t forgive people who don’t ask for it … we’re not better than God.
    Though I think I understand these folks need some closure and have to overcome the anger … perhaps by granting forgiveness to this evil helps them. For certain these poor folks are better than most of us.
    Enjoy your weekend ma’am.

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