He had more courage than most.
Tywanza Sanders — only 26-years old — was one of the victims in the Charleston shooting, but he spent his last moments in the most admirable way, protecting a loved one.
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According to one of Sanders' friends, Torrence Shaw — who heard what happened inside the church from a family friend — Tywanza, or Wanza to his friends, tried to protect his aunt, Susie Jackson, from harm.
When the alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, opened fire Wednesday night inside Emanuel African Methodist Church, in Charleston, South Carolina, he tried to stay between the shooter and his aunt.
Jackson says of his friend:
"He tried to step in front of his aunt to save her. He took her bullet. But as everyone knows, she also passed away."
His aunt, Jackson, was 87-years-old and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a religious organization open to men and women of beliefs. They were just two of nine victims killed during the awful attack.
Sanders was already planning a bright future for himself as Shaw says he graduated from college and afterward he:
" … moved back home with his mother and father, and was trying to save some money. He was going to look into scholarships and pursue going to grad school."
Though Sanders' life was cut tragically short, he lived up to possibly one of the most admirable ideas that he set for himself. In his last Instagram post, he posted:
Though his aunt did not live, we think that Tywanza's courage definitely had an impact and left a mark. His actions serve as a shining example of the self sacrifice one is willing to give to protect the ones he or she loves.
Our thoughts are with all of the families and loved ones affected by this tragic event.
[Image via Instagram.]
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