CHARLESTON, S.C. (WNCN) – Saturday will be another tough day for the Charleston community.
Those at Mother Emanuel AME Church, where nine church members were shot to death a year ago, said it’s important for them to mark this one year and important for them to remember the nine who were killed.
Community members said the outpouring of support that they have seen from across the state and country has meant a lot of them. There were several thousand people that attended one service, which was among a series of events on Friday. Another service was held inside Mother Emanuel with several dozen in attendance who were there to support and comfort one another. They had music and the pastor even made a few jokes.
Parishioners who spoke with CBS North Carolina said it was important to honor those killed, but also unite as they move forward. Many said they’ve forgiven the shooter, Dylan Roof, and are relying on their faith to heal.
The street in front of Mother Emanuel is closed for a large unity walk that is set to be held at 11 a.m. They’ll be releasing doves and dedicating a tree as part of the event.