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Local AME church hosts vigil for Charleston shooting victims
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Kimberly Spidell prays Wednesday afternoon along with the Rev. Evelyn Johnson, left, at a vigil at Bethel AME for Charleston, S.C., shooting victims. - photo by ERIN SMITH
While the destructive actions of one person can upset a nation, local residents sought to show that the unifying action of prayer is a more powerful force than any individual. That was the key message Wednesday in a prayer vigil at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gainesville, where attendees gathered to honor those who died as a result of the shooting June 17 in Charleston, S.C. The gunman who entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week is accused of killing nine members of a Bible study group. Some 300 miles away in Gainesville, members of the same denomination gathered to honor them.