Open Communities is keeping all the family, friends and community members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC in our thoughts and prayers.
The case is being investigated by authorities as an apparent hate crime.
We echo the words and sentiment of Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign: “Today we are once again tragically reminded of the serious and widespread problem we face as a nation with violent, hate-motivated crimes – a problem which we as a nation must commit to addressing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the communities impacted by this horrific and senseless tragedy in Charleston seemingly targeted because of their race. As this heinous crime reverberates across the entire country, we stand united with allies and friends nationwide to end the cycle of violence motivated by hatred.”