Moments before a shooter opened fire on Tywanza Sanders' Bible study group in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night, Sanders shared a short video with his followers on Snapchat.
The brief clip, which Mashable confirmed as authentic with four of Sanders' friends, shows a group of people seated at table along with the caption, "Bible study knowledge planter." As the camera pans around the room, a solitary white face is seen at the far end of the table.
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CNN reports that man is Dylann Roof, the alleged shooter, who spent an hour seated in the prayer meeting before pulling out a gun and killing nine people.
Sanders, aged 26, was the youngest victim. He had recently graduated with a degree in business from Allen University, where he'd developed a reputation as "a warm and helpful spirit" who was "quiet, well known" and "committed to his education," a statement from the university said.
His last post on Instagram prominently featured a quote from Jackie Robinson: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."