Dignitaries and religious leaders speak out in remembrance and faith, marking the one-year anniversary of the Mother Emanuel AME Church massacre where nine people were killed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The city of Charleston, SC came together on Friday (June 17) for a memorial and other events to mark the first anniversary of the killings of nine members of a Bible study group in what prosecutors described as a racially motivated hate crime. The events were made even more poignant coming less than a week after a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, marking the largest of many mass shootings in modern U.S. history. There was tight security for the memorial in the city's TD Arena, where a stage was fronted by banner portraits of each of the nine victims and backed by the flags of many countries. President Barack Obama had eulogized the victims of the rampage at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, including its slain minister and state Senator Clementa Pinckney, in the same arena last year. Among the speakers were South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and Governor Nikki Haley. Haley said she thinks about the victims every day, and held up a picture of each of them as she spoke about their individual lives. As well as the memorial, events including Bible study sessions, prayer breakfasts and tree plantings were arranged to take place around Charleston. The church also will open its doors to religious leaders and elected officials from around the nation on Friday afternoon.