Chicago church prays for Charleston shooting victims, families

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CHICAGO – The shooing at a church in Charleston, South Carolina is being felt in the Chicago religious community.
Nine people were shot and killed at a bible study Wednesday night at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston. The accused shooter, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, sat in the pews for an hour before he opened fire.

The Grant Memorial AME Church in Chicago’s Oakland neighborhood is a sister church and members are thinking of those who were sitting in that church that night.

“My heart has just been broken, said member Mary Vaughn. “They're members of the family. You just can't believe somebody would be that cold hearted.”

The church held a prayer vigil this afternoon.

Chicago church members prayed for the victims and their families and hope they try to find a way to move forward.

“There's so much violence going on we need to come together,” said Member Mary Ester. “We've lost sight of loving one another.”

The Rainbow Push Coalition is also now calling for a federal conference in light of this shooting. They want a White House conference on racial justice as well as the removal of the Confederate Flag from government buildings in South Carolina.

Tomorrow, the Rainbow Push Coalition will host the National Black Caucus at its annual convention where members will speak about this incident and what more can be done to prevent violence like this in the future.

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