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  • Repent & be saved, 'Emanuel 9' families urge Roof

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- Convicted murderer Dylann Roof should repent of the massacre of nine people he killed at Mother Emanuel church, the victims' survivors said after a jury recommended the death penalty Jan. 10.

    "Judgment day is coming sooner for him than what he expected," Denise Quarles, daughter of massacre victim Myra Thompson, said on ABC News after the jury's decision was announced. "He definitely needs to [repent]." Her father and Thompson's widow Anthony Thompson said "yes" in agreement. Read More

  • Emanuel massacre prompting change a year later

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 30, 2016 (11 months ago)

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- Labor pains of change are noted in Charleston, S.C., a former slave-trading port where the government flew the Confederate flag until a white supremacist killed nine black church worshippers a year ago.

    Southern Baptist leaders in Charleston and the widower of a victim told Baptist Press they are seeing the early fruit of improved race relations after the June 17, 2015, massacre at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Emanuel AME) in the heart of the city.

    Anthony Thompson, whose 59-year-old wife Myra was killed in the shooting just after she finished teaching Bible study, expressed optimism to BP upon the tragedy's first anniversary. Read More

  • Past church violence survivors offer hope, joy

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 25, 2015 (one year ago)

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- Al Meredith had just attended his mother's funeral the day before a man with a gun and pipe bomb attacked a youth prayer event at Meredith's pastorate in 1999, murdering seven and injuring seven others before taking his own life.

    Meredith arrived at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, less than five minutes after the tragedy, already grieving from his mother Hazel Meredith's funeral near Detroit, Mich. Read More

  • Love stronger than hate, victim's son says

    by Butch Blume/Baptist Courier, posted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 (one year ago)

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- Less than 24 hours after his mother died at the hands of an assassin during a church prayer meeting, Charleston Southern University sophomore Chris Singleton stood before television cameras and declared that "love is always stronger than hate."

    Flanked by coaches and teammates, Singleton, who plays baseball at CSU, thanked his teammates for their "amazing" support and recalled his mother's example of showing love to others. Read More

  • Light shines from Charleston after massacre

    by Rudy Gray/Baptist Courier, posted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 (one year ago)

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- The national media spotlight has been on Charleston for several days following the massacre of nine Christians during a Wednesday night Bible study at the predominantly black Emanuel AME Church. A 21-year-old white supremacist, Dylann Storm Roof, joined in the service for about an hour before opening fire on the group. Read More

  • Charleston church massacre sparks prayer & grace

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, June 22, 2015 (one year ago)

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptists are among those praying and uniting after a 21-year-old white supremacist slaughtered nine Christians at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.

    Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which traces its roots to the 1816 founding of a Charleston church affiliated with the Free Africa Society, opened its doors to an interfaith, multiracial crowd of worshippers during June 21 morning worship, just four days after one of the country's deadliest church shootings. Read More