The youngest victim who died in the Charleston, S.C., shooting tried to protect another one of the victims from being shot and killed herself.
Tywanza Sanders, 26, attempted to talk Dylann Roof out of spraying countless bullets across Emanuel AME Church, but failed. Roof ultimately ended the lives of nine people, including Sanders’, The New York Times reported. Sanders recently graduated from Allen University in Columbia, S.C.
Sanders died trying to protect his aunt, 87-year-old Susie Jackson. “He tried to step in front of his aunt to save her, he took her bullet,” Sanders’ friend, Torrence Shaw, told People last week. Jackson, along with her cousin, Ethel Lance, also died in the shooting. The publication details what Sanders’ ambitions were beyond college:
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Sanders, known as Wanza to his friends, had big dreams. He wanted to open his own barbershop. He graduated from Allen University last year with a business degree and already owned his barber license. But this would have to wait, since the day before the shooting, he told Shaw he was looking into graduate school.
Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder and could face the death penalty. He has also been charged with one count of criminal possession of a firearm. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, has already expressed support for the death penalty in this case. Roof’s uncle, Carson Cowles, would also support his nephew’s execution. He told ABC News after the shooting:
I’ll be the one to push the button. If he’s found guilty, I’ll be the one to push the button myself. If what I am hearing is true, he needs to pay for it.
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h/t: The Grio
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