Little River congregations pray for peace, healing in Charleston shooting deaths

More than 60 people gathered Thursday night in Little River to pray for the victims and families affected by the Charleston church shooting.

Reverends, pastors and community members converged at Saint Paul AME Church in Little River to send love and support – through prayer and worship – after the massacre of nine people Wednesday night at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old suspect, was taken into custody Thursday in Shelby, N.C.

The vigil was a combined effort from Saint Paul AME, Chesterfield Baptist Missionary Church and The Citizen’s Group, headed by the Rev. Johnathan Greene, Jr.

“We thought, with many children in vacation Bible schools, that it would be a good opportunity for the adults to come together and pray,” Greene said.