As nation mourns, Minneapolis AME church holds vigil for Charleston 9


The nine people lost in the racially motivated massacre in a Charleston, South Carolina church last week will be remembered in a prayer service in Minneapolis on Wednesday evening.

St. Peter's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is holding an interfaith vigil at 6 p.m, according to the church's website.

The Pioneer Press reports that the service will feature "religious leaders from various faiths" across the metro area.

This follows other displays of support around Minnesota, with churches and community groups gathering to mourn in solidarity with the people of Charleston last Thursday (a day after the shooting).

Meanwhile, the church where the killings occurred – the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal, is again becoming a place of worship, with services having gotten back underway there on Sunday, CNN reported.

The network says the attack is being looked into as a hate crime, with suspected gunman Dylann Roof having reportedly told authorities he did it to "start a race war."

St. Petere's AME is located at 401 E. 41st St. in Minneapolis.

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