|National NAACP President Cornell William Brooks|
A LETTER BELOW TO CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS, FROM NATIONAL NAACP PRESIDENT CORNELL WILLIAM BROOKS ON THE MASS MURDER OF NINE AFRICAN-AMERICA PARISHIONERS ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 AT EMANUEL METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Dear Cleveland Urban News.Com Editor Kathy Wray Coleman,
You've likely heard the news of the nine parishioners were murdered last night while attending Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
|Suspected mass murderer Dylann Roof|
There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of scripture.
In these times we feel distraught, but we will not cower when attacked. I am on my way to fellowship with the Emanuel AME Church community. As we wait for the facts and ponder how anyone could act with such hate, we must stand together and show our support for the Charleston community. (Editor's note: All nine if the victims were Black).
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Now that Dylann Storm Roof has been apprehended, we look forward to justice being served, to him being held accountable, punished swiftly and severely.
Our heartfelt prayers and soul-deep condolences go out to the families and community of the victims. This small gesture can console and unite our community, and our nation as we grapple with the weight of this tragedy.
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