City of Charleston holds prayer vigil for church shooting victims

City of Charleston holds prayer vigil for church shooting victims

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The City of Charleston held a Prayer Vigil Friday night in honor of the nine shooting victims who tragically lost their lives in the Mother AME Emanuel Church.

"Our sisters and brothers who are gone would say to let our light shine while we have it," the Rev. Jeremy Rutledge said.

Sen. Marlon Kimpson spoke of his senate colleague, The Honorable Rev. Clementa Pinckney, saying Pinckney understood the meaning of a sanctuary as a place of refuge.

"God will be with us when evil is brought to justice for violating our sanctuary," Kimpson said.

The service began with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, followed by a procession of "Amazing Grace" played by the Charleston Pipe and Drum. The program featured a variety of speakers, including Charleston Mayor Joe Riley.

"If that young man thought he was going to divide this country...he miserably failed," Riley said of 21-year-old Dylann Roof, who is charged in the killings.

Riley said that while we all hope time will ease our sorrow, we should always remember those who were lost.

"Let's keep these nine people and their families in our prayers and never forget them," he said.

Members of the crowd locked arms and sang "We Shall Overcome" to end the event.

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