Senator Tim Scott Statement on Charleston Tragedy

Charleston, SC – Upon returning home to Charleston this morning, Senator Tim Scott released the following statement.

“The horror that occurred at Mother Emanuel last night has truly devastated our community. Emanuel AME means so much to so many, and we stand by them today as they mourn the loss of their leader and brothers and sisters in Christ. Pastor Pinckney was a good man, an honest man and a wonderful representative for his congregation.

As reports come to light that a suspect is held in custody, I hope for swift justice for Pastor Pinckney’s congregation and the people of Charleston.

Today’s prayer circle at Morris Brown AME Church will help our community begin to come to terms with what has happened, and start the healing process. While we unfortunately know that hate enters some people’s hearts, I also know this: we can and will work every single day to replace hate with love, pain with kindness, and hostility with good will.”