CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Five women, relatives and survivors of the AME Emanuel Church massacre, were honored on Thursday when they were named among Glamour's Women of the Year.
Alana Simmons, who lost her grandfather Daniel L. Simmons Sr. in the shooting, was among the relatives who were present during the bond hearing for the man charged in the killings.
Nadine Collier, who lost her mother Ethel Lance, was also at the bond hearing and forgave the suspect for taking the life of her mother.
Bethane Middleton-Brown lost her sister Rev. DePayne Middleton Doctor and told the suspect during the bond hearing that she was angry, but had no room for hate and forgave the suspect as well.
Felicia Sanders, who was at the church at the time of the shooting, protected her granddaughter and played dead. Sanders' son, Tywanza Sanders, and aunt, Suzie Jackson, were shot to death.
Polly Sheppard, who was also at the church at the time of the shooting, told Glamour she hid under a table as bullets flew by.
"I lay there on my stomach, and prayed....He [the shooter] told me he was leaving me alive to tell what happened," Sheppard told Glamour magazine.
The award celebrates women's achievements and honors trailblazers and newsmakers in entertainment, fashion, politics, businesses and more.