The Rev. Daniel L. Simmons, 74, was a member of Emanuel AME Church’s ministerial staff who regularly attended Wednesday night Bible study classes.
As with two other victims, Simmons attended Allen University in Columbia. He was a former pastor at Friendship AME Church in Mount Pleasant. Simmons was the only victim who did not die at the church. After he was shot, he was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina, where he died in surgery, according to coroner’s officials.
“We love him and we miss him,” his granddaughter, Ava Simmons, told reporters. A relative at Simmons’ home in the Evanston Estates area of North Charleston said the family was grieving and would talk about his loss at a later date.