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How Thousands Came Together in Charleston Last Night

They hold hands, sing 'This Little Light of Mine'

(Newser) - Thousands of people marched across Charleston's main bridge last night in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study. Crowds gathered on either side of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge around dusk and then met toward the middle of the span. Part...

Mitt Jump-Starts GOP Debate Over Confederate Flag

POTUS contenders have varying reactions to flag flying on grounds of SC Capitol

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has long been vocal about his distaste for the Confederate flag flying on South Carolina Capitol grounds, saying in a 2007 presidential debate , "That's not a flag I recognize. That flag, frankly, is divisive, and it shouldn't be shown." He refueled that fire Saturday...

Church's First Service Since Attack Offers Healing

Worshippers at Charleston's AME Church focusing on recovery, love

(Newser) - Members of a historic black church worshipped at their sanctuary today for the first time since a gunman opened fire at a Bible study, killing nine people. And though uniformed police officers stood among the congregation of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church as a measure of added security, the...

Dylann Roof Tried to Die During Attack: Victim's Son

Meanwhile, Roof's family says he was 'sweet kid' who got lured by 'Internet evil'

(Newser) - "His plan was never to leave that church." That's what the son of one of the victims of Wednesday's church shootings in Charleston, SC, says about Dylann Roof, the suspected gunman, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kevin Singleton, whose mom, Myra Thompson , was one of the...

Charleston Church Holding Services Tomorrow

Parishioners expect a huge turnout

(Newser) - A small group of parishioners was allowed inside the bullet-scarred Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church today, getting a firsthand glimpse of the room where nine people from their congregation were slain. Cleaning crews had been at work, and, amazingly, church members announced they will hold a Sunday service. "They...

Lawmaker Advises 'Every White Person' on Charleston

Democrat Mike Johnston leaves note on church door

(Newser) - A state senator in Colorado has responded to the Charleston church killings and says "every white person should do the same." On a sleepless night, Democrat Mike Johnston wrote a letter, drove to the nearby Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church, and taped his note to the door:...

Dylann Roof's Purported Manifesto Surfaces Online

'I have no choice,' it reads

(Newser) - Internet sleuths appear to have found a white supremacist website created by accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, along with what amounts to a manifesto. Gawker credits two Twitter users, here and here , for the scoop, and outlets including the New York Times have now picked up on the story. The...

Dylann Roof's Sister Cancels Her Wedding

She was supposed to get married this weekend

(Newser) - Dylann Roof's sister was supposed to be married tomorrow, but his alleged murder of nine people inside a Charleston church has forced her to postpone, reports People . Amber Roof, 27, was scheduled to wed Army Reserve recruiter Michael Tyo at a venue in Lexington, South Carolina, but the ceremony...

NRA Official Blames Victim for Church Massacre

Board member Charles Cotton deletes comments about Clementa Pinckney

(Newser) - An NRA board member is catching flak for blaming one of the victims in the Charleston church shooting for the deaths. On a message board he runs, Charles Cotton took issue with church leader Clementa Pinckney, who also happened to be a state senator in South Carolina. The post: "...

Dylann Roof's Family: We're Stunned

'Words cannot express our shock'

(Newser) - Count Dylann Roof's family among those who can't comprehend the allegations that he murdered nine black people in a Charleston church. "Words cannot express our shock, grief, and disbelief as to what happened that night," says a statement from the family issued through Roof's public...

Dylann Roof: No Reaction as Victims' Relatives Speak

They told him they forgive him

(Newser) - Dylann Roof made his first court appearance today, and though he did so via video, he was still able to hear the message delivered by relatives of the nine victims shot to death in a Charleston church. Forgiveness. "I forgive you, my family forgives you," said Anthony...

Dylann Roof's Scared Friend Hid Gun for a Day

Governor says authorities will seek the death penalty

(Newser) - Authorities have charged Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof, 21, with nine counts of murder after what investigators claim was his attempt to incite a race war. Roof, who is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, has already confessed to carrying out the...

Charleston Victim, Son Spoke Just Before She Died

Chris Singleton called his mom to ask about the remote

(Newser) - The deadly shooting in Charleston remains fresh, but the children of one victim say they’ve already forgiven Dylann Roof , 21, for allegedly taking their mother’s life. "I'm a little bitter, but, you know, I’m overwhelmed with love," says Camryn Singleton, whose mother Sharonda Coleman-Singleton,...

6 Compelling Insights Into the Charleston Shooting

'Take down the Confederate flag now,' one writer argues

(Newser) - Racism, terrorism, mass shootings: The church massacre in Charleston combines several of the most troubling issues facing America today, and it has led to some forceful insights. A roundup of six that are worth a read:
  1. " The Deadly History of 'They're Raping Our Women.' " Jamelle

Jon Stewart Abandons Jokes to Talk Charleston

US ignores 'gaping racial wound,' he says

(Newser) - Jon Stewart says he has one job—making jokes about the news—and last night, he simply couldn't do it. Instead, the Daily Show host used his opening monologue to address the Charleston church shootings and the "gaping racial wound" that "we pretend doesn't exist,"...

Historic Church Has Risen From Other Tragedies

Emanuel AME has long 'represented black freedom'

(Newser) - Wednesday night's massacre was just the latest tragedy for one of the most historic black churches in America—and members of Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church say they will once again emerge stronger, CNN reports. The first AME church in the South was founded in 1816, and...

Sharp-Eyed Driver Helped Nab Shooting Suspect

Woman's call to 911 led to arrest of Dylann Roof

(Newser) - The man accused of murdering nine people in a church in South Carolina got busted because of a woman who was leaving church in North Carolina. As ABC News explains, Debbie Dills was leaving church this morning when she noticed that the driver in the car next to her matched...

Obama: Michelle and I Knew Pastor Killed in SC

President complains that suspect had 'no trouble' getting a gun

(Newser) - President Obama found himself in an all-too familiar position today, addressing the nation after mass violence. "I've had to make statements like this too many times," he said in reference to the church massacre in Charleston . "We don't have all of the facts, but we...

Church Shooting Suspect Busted in Traffic Stop

Dylann Roof reportedly captured in Shelby, NC

(Newser) - "I can confirm that there is a suspect in custody" for last night's church shootings in Charleston, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a press conference today, per the AP . Charleston's mayor, police chief, and the FBI are all confirming the arrest of 21-year-old Dylann Roof ; Reuters reports,...

SC Shooting Suspect IDed, Told Victims 'I Have to Do It'

If Dylann Roof's the shooter, 'he's got to pay for this': man claiming to be his uncle

(Newser) - The FBI has identified the suspect in the Charleston church shootings as Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old with an arrest record, the Post and Courier reports. According to the SC Law Enforcement Division: Roof was jailed March 1 on a drug charge and on April 26 after being accused of trespassing....

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