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Thousands form 'Bridge to Peace' Unity Chain to honor church shooting victims

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The Ravenel Bridge became a 'Bridge to Peace' Sunday evening. (Photo: Emmett Knee) The Ravenel Bridge became a 'Bridge to Peace' Sunday evening. (Photo: Emmett Knee)
CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Thousands of people turned out to form a human "Bridge to Peace" unity chain on the Arthur Ravenel Bridge Sunday night.

The event was designed to honor the nine victims of Wednesday night's shooting at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston by uniting people joining hands in opposition to hate crimes.

The event's Facebook page called the unity chain "an opportunity for all of us to make a statement to our country and our world."

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Participants from all walks of life and different faiths met from 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.on the Mount Pleasant side of the bridge, then marched two by two up the Ravenel Bridge.

The event capped a day of worship, including the first service held at Emanuel AME since the shootings. Meanwhile, at Marion Square, worshipers gathered to honor the victims. At 10 a.m., churches across Charleston rang church bells in a show of unity and support.

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