Charleston Church Reopens <source>
On the evening of June 17, 2015, a mass shooting took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States. The church is one of the United States' oldest black churches and has long been a site for community organization around civil rights. Nine people were killed, including the senior pastor and state senator, Clementa C. Pinckney. A tenth person was shot and survived.
Police arrested a white suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, in Shelby, North Carolina the morning after the attack. <link>
The shooter wanted to start a race war, dividing the United States. However the way the community reacted has been the complete opposite:
Firstly the victims, the families of those killed, spoke to the killer:
Then a UK based teacher, asked a friend to document what has been happening in Charleston, with the result being a powerful witness to reconciliation:
Watch the first full sermon from the church where the shooting took place:
The community of Charleston singing, "We Shall Overcome" together: