Vicksburg church vigil a week after Charleston shooting


A week after the massacre inside a Charleston church, vigils are still being held across the country. Historic Bethel AME in Vicksburg held its own vigil Wednesday night to pray for those who lost their lives.

Three churches under one roof literally came together to pray for those in Charleston.

Voices echoed throughout the historic church from members of Bethel AME Church, St. James AME Church and Travis Chapel AME Church along with people in community and city leaders.

“It’s sending a message that we are united and we will stand together in solidarity and we will stand together in the word of prayer,” says Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong.

It’s been one week since nine people were gunned down in that South Carolina church.

A place where Deloris Hemphill says is sacred, “It’s so unnerving to know that someone could sit with you a whole hour in church, hear about God and still decide to kill.”

Since this tragedy, there’s been a huge debate over the confederate flag.

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs says this serves as an opportunity to educate people on the flag’s meaning and that we don’t need a flag that only represents some people.

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