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Goose Creek church remembers victims in Orlando shooting

Sanctuary of St. James United Methodist Church (Source: Live 5) Sanctuary of St. James United Methodist Church (Source: Live 5)
Candles, along with the names of the victims are on a table at the entrance to the church (Source: Live 5) Candles, along with the names of the victims are on a table at the entrance to the church (Source: Live 5)
St. James United Methodist Church holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims (Source: Live 5) St. James United Methodist Church holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims (Source: Live 5)
GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) -

St. James United Methodist church honored and remembered the lives of the men and women who died during the Orlando shooting Sunday.

A candlelight vigil service was held at the Goose Creek church off Highway 176 Monday night.  

"This is about people losing their lives," said Rev. Suzanne Walker during the vigil."Jesus gave his life so that we may live. Living is about loving."

"We wanted to hold a vigil because the violence has to end," Walker said earlier in the day. "Folks are hurting and we want to give safe space for people to come, pray, grieve, ask questions, and to be there for each other."

The guided service was filled with readings from the Bible, prayers, the lighting of candles, and music.

The names of the victims identified as of Monday was also read out loud individually.

"We pray for their families and we want to offer our support to them," Walker said.

Walker said when she heard the news about the shooting she was devastated.

"I'm tired," she added. "We are so worn out over violence, hatred, and bigotry."

The tragedy in Orlando also took place the same week the Charleston community will be observing one year since the Mother Emanuel AME shooting.

"There is nothing original about original sin," Walker added. "When people have this hate in their heart their going to do it no matter what the calendar says. It certainly does make things harder, but we will remember it as we gather."

Now the church is focused on what its next steps will be to tackling the amount of violence not only in the community, but across the country.

"We can pray, but our prayer needs to lead to action," Walker said. "What are we going to do to stop people from walking into public places with guns and taking people out over their skin color, sexual orientation, race, religion or anything like that. We need to do something on the other side of this and not let these victims from Orlando, Mother Emanuel, Aurora, Newtown or any of these places be forgotten."

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