Dublin church holds prayer vigil for Charleston shooting victims

DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Dozens of Middle Georgians gathered for a prayer vigil Friday night to honor the victims killed during this week’s church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina.

The service was held at St. Paul AME Church in Dublin. All races and religions came together as one to pray for peace across the community and nation.

“There is strength in unity and we will not be intimidated with fear. We will continue to worship freely through a living God and we want others to catch on to that fire,” Rev. Richard Quinn Ward Sr. said.

Ward is the pastor at St. Paul AME Church. He says is the community needs to unite in order to move forward. He adds there will now be a heightened awareness at his house of worship.

“This is synonymous to 9/11. I don’t think anywhere in the world that the universal church will ever be the same from this one act,” Ward said.

Several religious and community leaders were at the prayer vigil. Those who attended say this was a great way to show their support during this tragedy.

“Different ministers and pastors spoke and prayed and it was awesome,” Anita Hill-Griffin said. “You could see the unity, just here in Dublin, Georgia that supported what has happened this past Wednesday.”

Nine roses were also on display. Each flower was a symbol to remember the victims who were fatally shot Wednesday night at Emanuel EMA Church in Charleston.

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