Local vigil held to remember nine killed in Charleston

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – A vigil was held Thursday afternoon to remember the nine people who were killed in a Charleston shooting.

Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing hosted the vigil and invited the community to join together in prayer.

The shooting happened Wednesday night at Emanuel African Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dylann Roof, 21 is accused of opening fire on nine people, killing them. He was taken into custody by law enforcement officials in North Carolina.

Officials say they’re looking at the shooting as a hate crime. Witnesses at the church said the suspect stood up and said he was there “to shoot black people.” One of the witnesses says the suspect reloaded the gun five times, ignoring victims who were trying to talk him out of firing additional shots.

Roof is accused of killing six women and three men.

SLIDESHOW: Local vigil for Charleston victims

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