The residents of Charleston, South Carolina, held a prayer vigil, Friday, in memory of the victims killed in the shooting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night. During the vigil, speeches were given and attendees linked arms and sang songs. Prayers were also said and the Charleston Police Pipe and Drums band performed a version of 'Amazing Grace'. A number of church and community leaders gave speeches at the vigil including State Senator Marlon Kimpson. During his address, Kimpson said that "God will certainly be with us when evil is brought to justice for violating our sanctuary". Kimpson was one of several speakers to highlight the wider issue of race relations within South Carolina, with a number of those present highlighting the fact that the Confederate flag still flies on South Carolina's Capitol grounds. In his speech, Kimpson stated that "God will be with us to form a real conversation in this state about hate, race and divisions in this state. Including the Confederate battle flag and the statue of Ben Tillman." Twenty-one-year-old suspect Dylann Roof attended court on Friday where he faced nine charges of murder and one charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Roof reportedly sat for one hour of a Bible study class at the Emanuel AME Church, before shooting nine churchgoers on Wednesday evening. In court the suspect only spoke via video link when the judge asked him a question and otherwise remained silent for the rest of the hearing. Relatives of the victims addressed Roof one by one personally, some saying they had forgiven him for what he has done. His bail has been set at $1 million (€879,000).
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