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Charleston shooting victims remembered at Louisville vigil

Community members who attended the vigil at Cox Park (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News) Community members who attended the vigil at Cox Park (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News)
Rev. Alvin Herring (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News) Rev. Alvin Herring (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News)
Peter Fosl (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News) Peter Fosl (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News)
The nine roses used in the ceremony (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News) The nine roses used in the ceremony (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News) (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A vigil to commemorate lives lost in the Charleston shooting brought all races, religions and beliefs together as dozens gathered at Cox Park along the Ohio River. It was an intimate memorial, full of compassion and grief, while the names of those lives taken in the shooting were read aloud. The Ohio River flowed as symbolism during the vigil.

"There is something about this community, as wounded as it is, that brought us to this evening," said Rev. Alvin Herring. "It is something that brought us all to the banks of this river."

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The community stood hand in hand to symbolize the strength and togetherness to honor the nine lives lost in Charleston. Nine roses were handed out to one elder and eight young people. Each rose resembling a victim killed at Emanuel AME

Church. The roses were carried down to the shore of the river, before they were tossed, one by one, into the water.

Rev. Herring said that anger of the man charged, Dylann Roof, will not grow in our city. "Had he really been able to see those people, those people would still be with us."

Peter Fosl spent his Father's Day at the vigil with his son and said he cannot help but grieve for the 21 year old who made the horrid decision.

"On Father's Day, it is important for fathers to reflect on the messages we're sending our children," said Fosl. "I wonder about that young man and the messages he may have received."

Rev. Herring said we are living in a time and in a city that is deeply torn by racism. "Let us, in this moment, reflect on our own responsibility to the be the anecdote to that."

As Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first services today, security at the church was tight with several Charleston deputies guarding the doors.

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