Miami-Dade County

Congresswoman asks churches to join in prayer for Charleston victims

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens, and local clergy and community leaders have organized a prayer event for the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina, shooting and are asking Miami-Dade and Broward County churches to join them in simultaneous prayer Sunday.

Wilson and Bishop Victor T. Curry, pastor of New Birth Baptist Church, will lead the prayer at noon at Curry’s church, 2300 NW 135th St., along with leaders from the South Florida chapters of the NAACP and National Action Network and other groups. Sunday service begins at 11 a.m.

“Whether you worship in a church, a mosque, or synagogue, let us pray for healing and stand together in solidarity against the unconscionable hate unleashed upon these innocent men and women in a house of worship. We must vow to never let this happen again,” Wilson said in a news release.

The shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church left nine people dead Wednesday night after the alleged shooter, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, fired at the parishioners during their Bible study service.

Roof was arrested Thursday in Shelby, North Carolina, and had his first bond hearing on Friday, where a judge set his bail at $1 million for possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

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