Durham church to hold prayer vigil tonight for Charleston shooting victims


DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The St. Joseph AME Church and Nonviolent Durham are organizing a 7:30 prayer vigil Friday night to grieve Wednesday’s Charleston church shooting that left nine people dead.

The church, located at 2521 Fayetteville Road in Durham, will be “praying for healing and peace as we mourn the shared loss to violence.”

The vigil comes two days after Dylann Roof, 21, allegedly shot and killed nine people during a Bible study at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on Wednesday night, ripping out a piece of South Carolina’s civic heart and adding to the ever-growing list of America’s racial casualties.

Police captured Roof in Shelby, North Carolina, after a motorist spotted him at a traffic light on her way to work. His apprehension ended an intense, hours-long manhunt.

On Thursday night, about 200 people remembered and honored the victims during a special service at the historic St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal Church on Edenton St. in Raleigh.

Other local Charleston shooting vigils:

The St. Paul AME Church in Chapel Hill had a vigil at noon Friday. The pastor killed in the attack was personal friends with Rev. Thomas O. Nixon.

“When this happened the other night in Charleston, it affected the entire denomination because we are family,” Rev. Nixon said. “Despite what has taken place, the body of Christ still walks by faith and not by sight, and we still believe that at end, greater good will surface.”

The Wilson Temple United Methodist Church also held a vigil at 11 a.m. Friday.

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