‘My heart is with the families’: Beyonce posts moving tribute to the victims of Charleston church shooting

Weariness, rage, and the depressing conviction that America is caught in a murderous loop of violence fueled by racism – these emotions resounded after the deadly shootings in Charleston, South Carolina.

As the nation mourned, Beyonce posted a video listing the names of the nine victims who were killed on Wednesday at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

She accompanied the short film with the caption:’My heart is with the families, loved ones, and all of those affected by the senseless tragedy in Charleston. May they rest in peace.’

The victims of the tragedy, who were slain inside their church were: The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, Cynthia Hurd, 54, The Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, Tywanza Sanders, 26, Ethel Lance, 70, Susie Jackson, 87, Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49, The Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74, Myra Thompson, 59.

A 21-year-old white man has been charged with nine counts of murder in connection with the attack on the historic black South Carolina church, police said on Friday, and media reports said he had hoped to incite a race war in the United States.

The accused, Dylann Roof, is due to appear by video link to face a bail hearing on Friday and also faces a charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, the Charleston Police Department said.

Roof was arrested on Thursday in North Carolina, 220 miles (354 km) north of the nearly 200-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where he is alleged to have shot dead nine black worshippers on Wednesday in a Bible-study group.

U.S. officials are investigating the shootings, in which four ministers including a Democratic state senator died, as a hate crime.

They were the latest in a year of turmoil in the United States where police killings of several unarmed black men have provoked an angry national debate about race relations, policing and the criminal justice system.