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Waterloo AME church holds vigil for Charleston nine

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 As stained glass shines light on those who chose to spend their evening mourning the loss of the Charleston nine, they remind each other that a brother or sister lost near or far away hurts the same,

The Payne AME Church in Waterloo held a candlelight vigil on Friday.

"It hurts, it's painful, but I forgive you," said Rev. Thomas Flint.

In the Payne AME church, they say forgiveness is the only way they can move forward.

"We need to build a bridge, that we can walk across," said Flint.

A bridge they say needs to be crossed in unity.

"We trust that the unity we have seen poured out in this land will continue," said one person at the vigil.

After a unified song, the names of the Charleston nine are presented with a candle and a story.

"They say he pleaded with the shooter, take me, take me, please don't take my aunt," relayed one.

And while the flames of the candles will eventually go out, the stories they represent never will.

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