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Group hope to continue local unity following Emanuel AME shooting


Friday religious leaders hosted a prayer vigil in Marion Square.

The vigil was for healing following the Emanuel AME tragedy, but it also had a broader purpose. It also discussed black churches around the south burning down in recent weeks, including Mt. Zion AME in Greeleyville, which was recently ruled to be started by natural causes according to a SLED investigation.

The main message for the roughly two dozen people who attended was about unity.

Pastor Thomas Dixon organized the event and said following the tragedy at Emanuel AME, the community came together and united. He said Friday's rally was about continuing that momentum.

"We'll keep hope alive,
Dixon said. We'll keep the spirit alive. We'll keep the legacy of the Emanuel 9, of Walter Scott, all of these alive in what we're doing right here so it stays fresh and we build on the groundswell of what exists.

Dixon said he hopes to have the same vigil every week at the same time on Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm in Marion Square if the city gives permission.

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