Last night, a lone shooter killed nine people at a prayer service in a Charleston, SC, church:
A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, killing nine people in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime. The shooter remained at large Thursday morning…
In a statement, Gov. Nikki Haley asked South Carolinians to pray for the victims and their families and decried violence on religious places.
“While we do not yet know all of the details, we do know that we’ll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another,” Haley said.
As details on this horrifying crime continue to emerge, please pray for the victims’ families, for the community, and for peace.
Rabbi Eckstein shared these words concerning this tragedy:
My thoughts and prayers are with the Emanuel AME Church community in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were shot and killed during a prayer group meeting last night.
Entering a place of worship to connect with God and to be surrounded by people of faith should bring peace, not fear. I pray that God will grant this grieving community comfort and peace.