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Charleston church shooting: 1 year later

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A year after nine people were killed in a South Carolina church, the grief still feels raw.

Nine churchgoers, all African-American, were shot by a young, white man who entered their church, joined their Bible study for an hour and then opened fire. The shooter blamed his victims because of their skin color.

    After the tragedy, the church could have closed its doors or cut back on public events. Instead, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black church in the South, flung its doors wide open and welcomed people.

    The church is holding several services today in memory of the nine victims: Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Myra Thompson and Rev Daniel Simmons Sr.

    Along with worship services, a community supper and a unity event will be held for Charleston. Many of the events are open to the public.

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