Portland church leaders hold vigil for Charleston shooting victims – kgw.com


KGW Staff
6:44 p.m. PDT June 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland church leaders held a vigil to remember the victims in Wednesday’s shooting that killed nine people at a Charleston, South Carolina church.

Hundreds of people attended the public vigil at Portland’s Bethel AME Church, located at 5828 NE 8th Avenue.

A man walked into Charleston’s Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church at around 9 p.m. and started shooting. Six women and three men were killed.

South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney, who was also the church’s pastor, was one of those victims.

“My heart goes out to the people of Charleston, South Carolina, in the wake of an unimaginable hate crime at the Emanuel AME Church,” Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said Thursday morning. “Such an attack might happen on the far side of our nation, but any such act is an attack on us all. The people of Charleston are in our hearts and in our prayers.”

Here’s a look at how people around the country are sharing their condolences after the rampage.

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