Charleston Emanuel Nine Shooting: Six months later, Daughter of Church shooting victim remember what happened

WBTV LogoPublished Wednesday, December 23rd 2015, 1:45 pm|Written by Andrea Sturdivant(WBTV News Intern)

Daughter of Charleston shooting victim
Source: WBTV

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -For Gracyn and Kaylin Doctor, the 17th was always just another day, until it became the one of pain. It’s been six months since their mother, Depayne Middleton Doctor, was killed inside a Charleston, South Carolina church.

“Even six months later, its’ hard to believe that all of this has happened,” Gracyn said.

The women told WBTV that on the evening of June 17, their mother went into Wednesday night Bible study at Emanuel AME as she did every week, but she never came out.



“There was definitely a lot of disbelief. I was shocked for a long time,” Gracyn said. “I feel like I’m still trying to get over the shock. ”

Nine Charleston victims

The nine Charleston victims. (Source: WCSC/Raycom Media)

Authorities say Dylann Roof walked into the church, sat through Bible study for nearly an hour and then turned on the churchgoers who invited him in with open arms. Nine church members were killed there that night.


“Sometimes, you get to that moment – when your mind just kind of wanders – and you wonder.  Wow, this really happened. Somebody could really do something like that. That part really blows my mind, ” Gracyn said.

Gracyn was in the courtroom as the man who authorities say was responsible for her mother’s and other nine churchgoers murder appeared by video screen for the first time.


“I don’t think I was ready to forgive him just quite yet. If my mom was alive, she would have forgave him, but we’re still a work in progress. I think I’m still working towards forgiving him,” Kaylin said.

Healing is a process for Gracyn and Kaylin, who now live with their aunt in Charlotte along with their younger sisters.

“It will get better. Each day away from the actual event is better,” Gracyn said. “And I feel like as the days go by, the stronger we’ll get, the closer we’ll get to being healed. ”

Making it-through this time thanks to each other. The girls are hoping the 17th eventually turns into a day that will hurt a little less.

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