1st Service Held at Black Church Since 9 Slayings

Members of a historic black church worshipped at their sanctuary Sunday for the first time since a gunman opened fire at a Bible study, killing nine people, and uniformed police officers stood among the congregation as a measure of added security. The service started with a message of love, recovery and healing, which will no doubt reverberate throughout churches across the country. The Rev. Norvel Goff said, "We still believe that prayer changes things. Can I get a witness?" The congregated responded with a rousing "Yes." Sunday morning marked the first service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church since Dylann Roof, 21, sat among a Bible study group and opened fire after saying that he targeted them because they were black, authorities said. Among the nine killed was the church pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state senator.



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