Victims of Charleston church shooting mourned at vigils in South Bend, Indianapolis, Bloomington

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Churches in Indiana have held vigils for people to mourn and show solidarity with the nine people killed by a gunman at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Indianapolis Star reports nearly 100 people were at St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Indianapolis on Thursday night. The Rev. Paul Barrett told attendees that “in the midst of tragedy,” they were “standing up for righteousness, for justice” and “for love.”

Other vigils at Indiana churches included ones in Noblesville, South Bend and Bloomington.

WRTV-TV reports elders from African Methodist Episcopal churches met Thursday morning at St. John AME Church in Indianapolis to talk about the shooting. Indianapolis pastor Dr. Michael C. Carson said in a statement the leaders are calling for solidarity with victims in South Carolina.

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