Taylor Ramsey, like many other Atlantans, attended last night’s Interfaith Service at Ebenezer Baptist church. It was held in order that the community might come together to pray for the victims of the mass shooting at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C.
A gunman shot and killed 9 people inside the historically black church Wednesday night. The suspected gunman, a 21 year old white man identified as Dylann Roof, is in police custody. He is charged with 9 counts of murder. Roof was arrested the following day about 250 miles from Charleston, in Shelby, N.C.
Ramsey says that she attended the service because “as a white person in this community, it’s important to show solidarity and until white people start taking responsibility for what’s happening we’re probably not going to see the end of it.”
I attended the service and spoke to several others who also attended. They included a U.S. Army Captain who served in Afghanistan and a young man who says that he suffers from a mental disability. Click below for the slideshow then listen to what they had to say.