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Local churches react to Charleston shooting

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 Prayer and song fill the room of the Bethel AME Church in Iowa City.

People of all color joining together to reflect on the tragedy that resonates deep in the AME community, despite the physical distance.

"You begin to feel immediately the need to bear each others burdens, as a Christian community this is what we're called upon to do," said AME church member Michael Hill.

In a church not much different than Bethel, a man with hate filled in his heart is accused of killing nine people.

"It's kind of a double edged sword, knowing that the church open and willing to embrace people. So for someone too turn on people so willing to embrace them, that's the part that is so hard to deal with," said church-goer Monique Green.

Now the healing process begins.

"It was kind of cathartic to let it all go, it's hard to cope with these feelings," said Green. 

The killing of those nine innocent people in Charleston will forever be an ink stain on American history, but the AME network is resilient.

"We will bind together with our brothers and sisters in Charleston to let them know they're not alone no matter how desperate the situation may feel," said Hill.

Together the community will work to recover and alleviate each others pain, one song and prayer at a time.

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