The community of Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday began its commemoration of the nine lives taken in a hate-fueled massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church. A memorial service was held Friday morning at the College of Charleston's TD Arena, where Gov. Nikki Haley and others paid tribute to the victims known as the Emanuel Nine.
Dylann Roof, a professed white supremacist, entered the church during an evening bible study and killed nine church members and injured three others last June.
"There hasn't been a day since June 17, 2015, that haven't thought about the 12," Haley said, referring also to the three who were injured, according to the Associated Press.
Events are scheduled throughout the weekend and through next week, which the community has dubbed "Love Week." Here's a list of events, as reported by The State newspaper of Columbia, South Carolina:
Friday, June 17, 7 p.m. EST — "After Charleston: The Sacred Space": a worship, prayer and reflection service at Mother Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston.
Saturday, June 18, 7:30 a.m. EST — Prayer Breakfast: an event hosted by state lawmakers at Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston. Reservation details can be found here.
Saturday, June 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST — Shoe giveaway: Samaritan's Feet is giving away free socks and tennis shoes to school-aged children, at Buist Academy, 103 Calhoun Street, Charleston. Registration is required.
Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST — "A Walk of Unity and Thanksgiving": a walk from Marion Square to Gaillard Center Lawn at the Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston. Registration info can be found here.
Saturday, June 18, 2-7 p.m. EST — "Mother Emanuel Quilt Exhibition": This event will be held at 85 Calhoun Street, Charleston.
Sunday, June 19 at 9:30 a.m. EST — Sunday worship service: Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark, pastor of Mother Emanuel AME Church, will lead a worship service at the church.
A list of "Love Week" events can be found here.