CHICAGO -- Several south side churches held special services today to remember the victims of the South Carolina shootings and the resounding message was one of hope and forgiveness. Members of the South Park Baptist Church sang, prayed and reflected on the tragic shootings in Charleston, a crime they say has resonated at black churches across the nation.
But while today was a time to mourn and remember, it was also a time to preach peace and move forward. Church leaders encouraged young people to come to today's service and hear a message of peace and forgiveness.
Devon Doss has been coming to this church with his grandmother since he was a little boy. Next month he will be attending the US Naval Academy. He said he wants to use this tragedy to help make a difference in the world. Other churches across the Chicago area held events to remember the Charleston victims
At Grant Memorial AME Church at 40th and Drexel, the community gathered to release 10 balloons into the air, nine white balloons for the victims and one that was red, to symbolize prayers and forgiveness.