NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A group of people gathered Wednesday in downtown Nashville night to hold a vigil for victims of the Charleston church shooting.
The vigil was held on the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge at 7:30 p.m.
The crowd sang songs, lit candles and prayed for the 9 people killed when a shooter entered Emanuel African Methodist Church in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime.
“I’m sad because it happened. I’ve been sad about all the other shootings we’ve seen and I expect there will be more. I think I see a few signs that society is changing and that gives me a lot of hope,” said vigil attendee Eric Schechter.
The vigil celebrated solidarity, love and even defiance of evil at the remembrances, hopeful their expressions would drown out the hate embodied in the slayings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
President Barack Obama will travel to Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday to deliver the eulogy at the funeral services of Rev. Clementa Pinckney.