South Carolina Church Shooting Unites Community In Wake of Tragedy

As Dylann Storm Roof awaited his first hearing Friday on nine charges of murder, people in Charleston sought to repudiate whatever he wanted to accomplish by killing black community leaders inside one of the nation's most important African-American churches.
as he described plans for a Friday night vigil at a sports arena near the church, Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. said, "A hateful person came to this community with some crazy idea he'd be able to divide, but all he did was unite us and make us love each other even more."
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Friday that the state will "absolutely" want the death penalty for Roof, who opened fire after sitting through a Wednesday night Bible study session inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
A steady stream of people brought flowers and notes and shared somber thoughts at a growing memorial in front of the church, known as "Mother Emanuel" for its historic place among the sanctuaries of black society.