Message of peace from victims of violence at MLK rally and vigil

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Civil rights activist Pastor Thomas Dixon organized a rally and candle light vigil for a man who preached non-violence.

"The message has been lost over time. It has been quieted. It has been taken out of the forefront of people's minds and their hearts so that now we live in a time when people are really quite cold-hearted."

Danielle Moten was among the crowd. Her aunt, Janet Royal, was killed in a string of shootings in North Charleston on New Year's Day.

"Everybody loved her, and it's like a big chunk missing. It just feels so unreal."

Moten says celebrating Martin Luther King's message of non-violence is what her aunt would have wanted.

"His message, it seems like it means so much more now after everything that has happened, to not be so violent towards people."

She says Monday's event was the first of many she and her family plan to attend.

"I just plan to do so much more now since it happened. We miss her so much. She was a big part of our family."

Another woman was killed and one wounded in the shootings on January 1st. No arrests have been made.