Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church held a prayer vigil this afternoon for the victims of the shooting at Emanuel AME on Wednesday.Pastor Tyson Parks lll led the vigil and several community members contributed with their prayers for the victims and families.
Pastor Parks told the community members that there is a racial divide in the country, but the vigil was held to pray for peace, not hate.
“If you look at the landscape of our nation, there’s a racial divide, and nobody ever wants to talk about it but it exists and we can’t continue to ignore it,” says Pastor Parks. “It seems like sometimes we haven’t gone any further than the 1800’s, or the 1960’s with civil rights, but you know what, I’m not here to place blame, we’re here to pray for peace, we’re here to pray for understanding.”
A accused shooter, 21 year-old Dylann Roof took the lives of nine people at the Charleston AME Church after sitting through a prayer meeting for an hour.
Roof will have his first court appearance on October 23rd. Today, Roof had his bond hearing, where he was held on a $1 million bond for possession of a firearm, and no bond for nine counts of murder.