The members of the Woman’s National Democratic Club wish to express our shock and horror over the Jun 17 killing of nine parishioners from the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC: Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Sr., Rev. Sharonda Singleton, and Myra Thompson. It is even more agonizing that this hate crime took place during a Bible study group in a house of worship. Their minister welcomed this stranger into their midst, and this man, driven by hatred, instead took the lives of nine innocents. We, as a Club, are broken-hearted by this act of mass violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the struggling community of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.