CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD)- As of Monday afternoon, eight of the nine Emanuel AME Church shooting victims have been laid to rest. Monday was the funeral for Myra Thompson, but instead of calling the service a funeral, Thompson’s family called it a “going home celebration”. People who knew Myra well say she was someone with a lot of love to give.
A family member, Cynthia McCray-Wright, says, “She loved people and she loved her family and most of all she loved her students.”
Myra Thompson was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She graduated from Burke High School and received a Bachelor’s degree from Benedict College in Columbia. Myra returned to the Lowcountry to teach for Charleston County Schools, teaching reading and language arts at both Cathedral Catholic and Brentwood Middle School before becoming a guidance counselor at Brentwood.
McCray-Wright says, “She was well loved also. Always had a positive word, a kind word, she was family. So we just love and miss her dearly.”
After she retired, Myra became very involved in the church and was working to become a minister. Myra received her official certificate of licensure to preach the same day she was murdered inside the church she loved.
A neighbor of Thompson’s, Loretta Tisdale, says, “She was a fighter. And she was a good person. And they have lost somebody. A good person.”
And even those who didn’t know Myra personally say they feel a connection to her, and were inspired to attend the service today.
Arita Babb is a member of an AME Church in New York. She says, “We are all family because we are all part of the AME, so that’s why I’m here. We’re all AME, we’re all family. Whether we’re near or far, we’re all here together.”