CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The Latest on observances for the anniversary of the Charleston, South Carolina church shootings in which nine people were shot and killed during a Bible study (all times local):
A seminary that last month awarded a posthumous degree to the lawmaker slain at the black church he pastored in Charleston, South Carolina, has established a program in his honor.
Wesley Theological Seminary on Friday announced the formation of a Doctor of Ministry program in public engagement in memory of state Sen. Clementa Pinckney.
Last month, Pinckney’s widow and their two daughters traveled to Washington to accept his posthumous diploma for a Doctorate of Ministry degree. When he and eight others were shot to death at Emanuel AME Church, Pinckney was working on a thesis dealing with his dual role as public servant and minister.
Friday marks the shootings’ one-year anniversary. Wesley president David McAllister-Wilson says the school hopes to foster a new generation of students committed to service, as Pinckney was.
Wesley says the special program will be taught in both Washington and Charleston, where students will get to learn from the environment in which Pinckney worked. Pinckney Scholarships have also been established to help students in need.
Relatives of the victims as well as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and other leaders are scheduled to speak at a communitywide memorial service on the anniversary of the Charleston church shootings.
Nine people were shot and killed during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015.
Haley along with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn will speak Friday morning at the College of Charleston’s TD arena. The congregation will also hear a message from President Barrack Obama.
Obama spoke a year ago in the same arena at the funeral of Clementa Pinckney, the church pastor and one of the victims of the shootings. Some people started gathering at the area three hours before the start of the services set to begin at 10 a.m.
The attorney for Charleston church shooting defendant Dylann Roof says he has no plans to ask to move the federal trial from Charleston.
Defense attorney David Bruck filed court documents late Wednesday saying the defendant presently doesn’t intend to request a change in venue. The filing was in response to an order from U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel asking that the defense inform the court of its plans.
Friday is the anniversary of the Emanuel AME shootings and memorial services are being held. Roof faces hate crimes and other charges and the government is seeking the death penalty in the trial set for Nov. 7.
Bruck earlier asked that the jury be selected from the Charleston and nearby Beaufort areas, not from across South Carolina.
Security is tight as Charleston, South Carolina, pauses to remember nine people gunned down during a church Bible study a year ago.
Streets are closed Friday around Emanuel AME Church and the College of Charleston’s TD arena where a late morning memorial service is planned. Police say the closings were planned earlier but that the shootings in Orlando last weekend show that what police are doing is absolutely needed.
People are already gathering for the 10 a.m. service at the arena where a stage is lined with pictures of the nine Emanuel AME victims. Above each picture are the words “Still Speaking from Eternity.”
The arena is the same one where President Barack Obama led the congregation in “Amazing Grace” during a funeral last year for the church pastor killed in the massacre.
Charleston, South Carolina, is pausing to remember the victims of the Mother Emanuel AME Church shootings on the anniversary of the massacre.
Friday marks one year since nine black people were shot and killed while studying their Bibles in a basement room at the historic church. A white man, Dylann Roof, faces death penalty trials in both state and federal courts.
An ecumenical service honoring the victims is planned Friday at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena. It’s the same venue where President Barack Obama last year led the congregation in “Amazing Grace” during a funeral for the church’s pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney.
Smaller services later Friday at Emanuel AME are among about two dozen events marking the anniversary of the shootings during the coming days.
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