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Allen University Mourns the loss of Two Alumni in Charleston Church Shooting

Allen University mourns the loss of two Alumni killed last night at the historic Mother Emanuel – African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E). church in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Columbia, South Carolina – Allen University has lost two Alumni during a senseless shooting at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC last night. The youngest victim was Mr. Tywanza Sanders -2014 graduate of the Division of Business Administration. He was a quiet, well known student who was committed to his education. He presented a warm and helpful spirit as he interacted with his colleagues. Mr. Sanders was participating in the Bible Study session at Mother Emanuel church at the time of the shooting.

Allen University also mourns the loss of one its most prominent alums, State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney. Senator Pinckney along with Mr. Tywanza Sanders was shot and killed last night at the historic Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church in Charleston, South Carolina. Senator Pinckney was a brilliant young pastor and leader who always possessed an empowering and healing message. Most recently, he was Allen University’s 2015 Founders’ Day speaker. The death of Senator Pinckney is a significant loss for the State of South Carolina and the African Methodist Episcopal church. He has impacted the lives of those in his congregation as well as members of the South Carolina Legislature and beyond.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the families of these two victims of this senseless act of violence.” – Dr. Lady June Cole, Interim President of Allen University

 

Allen University is a private, coeducational institution located in Columbia, South Carolina.  It is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees.  To learn more about Allen University, please visit www.AllenUniversity.edu.

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