The U.S. is still mourning the hate-fueled horrific murders of nine innocent lives in a historic African-American Charleston, South Carolina church.
The Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, one of the nine lives taken in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church killings on June 17, is survived by four daughters, Gracyn, Kaylin, Hali and Czana.
Her alma mater, Southern Wesleyan University, is honoring Middleton-Doctor and her family she left behind.
SWU is honoring Middleton-Doctor's legacy by offering each of her four daughters a full tuition scholarship. In a statement released by the university, president Todd Voss relayed:
"Right now, more than anything, we want DePayne's children to know we love them," said Voss."We want to honor DePayne's service to SWU and her belief in Christian higher education as an important element in Gracyn, Kaylin, Hali and Czana's future success."
SWU is a four-year private liberal arts university aimed to "be a Christian community of learners" located in Central, South Carolina. Middleton-Doctor was both an alumna and employee of the university. She was a valued admissions coordinator at the university's learning center.
Chad Peters, SWU's vice president, acknowledged that although the scholarships couldn't ease the pain of losing Middleton-Doctor, they are meant to represent how much she and her family mean to the SWU community.
"As a community we are deeply saddened by the loss of a valued employee who faithfully served and ministered to adult and graduate students in Charleston," Peters said. "We realize the scholarships won't ease the pain of loss that the children are dealing with now and in the future; however, it is our desire as a community for each of them to know we care about them. DePayne often spoke about her children and their accomplishments with co-workers."
Around the country, many continue to grieve the deaths of the nine victims with funeral services held in their honor — while grappling with the overt racism and domestic terrorism connected to this tragedy.
The beloved Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Myra Thompson, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr. and Middleton-Doctor will always be remembered.
Middleton-Doctor left an everlasting and significant mark with SWU.
(H/T: NBC News)