CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds of people marched across downtown Charleston Saturday night in a peaceful response to Wednesday night's shooting that left nine people dead.
Organizations participating in the event included Southerners On New Ground, Black Brunch Charleston, Black Lives Matter CHS, The SC Progressive Network, Girls Rock Charleston, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), the YMCA of Greater Charleston and We Are Family.
The collective goal was to honor and mourn the nine lives lost at Mother Emanuel AME church.
"I felt the pain and the heaviness of the nine lives that were lost. People were crying, people were upset," said marcher Ansley Pope.
The crowd walked close to a mile through the city, stopping to place a flower at Emanuel AME Church during their journey.
The marchers also wanted to commemorate the lives of those lost at the hands of 'police' or 'vigilante violence', according to a press release.
"It's the same thing that gets perpetuated now. There's nothing new under the sun. White supremacy still exists and it consistently shows and rears its ugly head," said Mary Hooks, a member of the Atlanta chapter of Southerners on New Grounds.
William Dunlap, a South Carolina resident, said he has hopes the city can make the best of a bad situation.
"I'm from South Carolina. I see the hate, but I know what my city and state can become and I love this city and I think Charleston is a great city. I think we're going to change this into a positive situation."