Local community gathers to remember victims of Charleston massacre

Local community gathers to remember victims of Charleston massacre

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A local church is honoring and praying for lives lost in Charleston. Bates Memorial Baptist Church says although they're miles away, they feel pain their brothers and sisters are suffering.

A crowd gathered outside the church on Saturday for a prayer service. They also wanted to remember and reflect on the nine lives that were lost.

"What was done in that church was a direct result of the racist ideas and behaviors that have plagued our country since the beginning," said church member Imani Williams.

Williams read the victims names that were killed from Wednesday's massacre. Those that attended the service wrote the names on the sidewalk and stairs to the church.

"To write all the names of the people that have been victims helps you to look at them and see how many there are," said Williams.

On Sunday, there will be more local events remembering the lives lost in Charleston. Several Jeffersonville churches are coming together to support Charleston at the Bethel AME church at 11:45 a.m. at 200 W. Park Place in Jeffersonville. Louisville SURJ--Showing Up for Racial Justice, will be holding an vigil at the dock at Cox's Park Sunday evening 7:30.

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