The victims of the Charleston church shooting

Reverend Clementa Pinckney Credit: Emanuel AME Church

Tributes have been paid to the nine people killed when a gunman opened fire in a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reverend Clementa Pinckney

The 41-year-old pastor of the church where the gunman opened fire.

Pinckney received his first appointment to pastor when he was 18 years old, according to the church’s website.

By age 23 he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and by 27, he became South Carolina’s youngest state senator.

Cynthia Hurd

Cynthia Hurd. Credit: Charleston County Public Library

Cynthia Hurd, St. Andrews regional branch manager for the Charleston County Public Library system.

Paying tribute to the 54-year-old, the library said Ms Hurd was "a tireless servant of the community who spent her life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth."

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and her son Chris.

A church pastor, speech therapist and coach of the girls’ track and field team at Goose Creek High School.

Last night her son Christopher Singleton wrote on Twitter asking people to pray for his mother.

Meanwhile the track team she coached at Goose Creek High School paid tribute to her on their Facebook page.

Tywanza Sanders

Tywanza Sanders. Credit: Facebook

The 26-year-old had a degree in business administration from Allen University, where Pinckney also attended.

Tywanza Sanders was a recent graduate of Allen University in Columbia and had most recently been working at a barber shop.

“He was a quiet, well known student who was committed to his education,” Dr. Flavia Eldemire, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Allen University, said in a statement.

“He presented a warm and helpful spirit as he interacted with his colleagues.”

Sanders graduated from the university’s Division of Business Administration in 2014.

Ethel Lance

The 70-year-old had worked at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for 30 years.

Paying tribute to her to the local newspaper, her grandson Jon Quil Lance said: "She's a Christian, hardworking; I could call my granny for anything. I don't have anyone else like that."

Susie Jackson

Ethel Lance’s cousin. The 87-year-old was a long-time church member.

Reverend Depayne-Middleton Doctor

Reverend Depayne-Middleton Doctor Credit: Southern Wesleyan University/Charleston Post and Courier

A minister aged 49, who retired in 2005 as Charleston County director of the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Last year she began working for Southern Wesleyan University as an admissions coordinator.

Myra Thompson

The 59-year-old was the wife of Reverend Anthony Thomas, vicar at Holy Trinity REC.

Daniel Simmons

Daniel Lee Simmons. Credit: Facebook

The 74-year-old was a ministerial staff member at the church.

His daughter Arcelia Simmons told ABC News he attended bible study every Wednesday.