Last Church Shooting Victim to be Laid to Rest

Pallbearers carry the casket of Sen. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine killed in last week's shooting, into Emanuel AME Church for his wake, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. The first funerals of some of those slain began Thursday at nearby churches with a viewing for Pinckney inside Emanuel on Thursday evening. President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy at Pinckney's funeral Friday at a nearby college arena. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The last of the funerals for the nine victims of the Charleston church shooting is scheduled for South Carolina’s capital city, followed by burial at the Fort Jackson National Military Cemetery.

The service for the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr. is scheduled for Bethel AME Church in Columbia on Thursday.

An Army veteran, Simmons was a minister at several AME churches in the state. He was a graduate of Allen University and received a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.

Simmons is the last of the nine victims of the June 17 shootings at Charleston’s predominantly black Emanuel AME to be buried. The nine were shot at a Bible study that Simmons regularly attended.

A white man, Dylann Storm Roof, faces nine counts of murder in the slayings.

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