Local vigil planned for Charleston victims

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A woman covers the fence of the Emanuel AME Church with white ribbons and flowers on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — NAACP leaders in Rhode Island are planning a vigil for the victims of Wednesday’s deadly shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The attack, which officials say was racially motivated, has stunned local religious and civil rights leaders.

“I don’t think anyone should ever, ever get past the horror of that. We should never forget,” Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Allen Williams told Eyewitness News.

Jim Vincent, the president of the Providence chapter of the NAACP, says he has been in contact with church and civil leaders across the state in the last few days.

“I’ve reached out to the religious community. I feel there is a need to do something here in Rhode Island,” Vincent said. “There’s also people who involved with gun control and as well as the civil rights community so I would ideally like to see all of those communities to come together to do something in expression of sorrow for what happened in South Carolina.”

Some family members of the victims in Charleston have already forgiven suspected shooter Dylann Roof for the crime.

“I’m amazed at the Charleston community to be able to do that, especially only hours after their loved ones were massacred in such a senseless way,” Rev. Dr. Williams said.

An exact date for Rhode Island’s remembrance service has not been announced.

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