NJ vigil held for victims in SC church shooting

Some New Jersey residents are doing their part in sending well wishes to the victims of the South Carolina church shooting and to speak out

The Bergen County NAACP held a vigil Monday for the victims of the Charleston church shooting.

The Bergen County NAACP held a vigil Monday for the victims of the Charleston church shooting. (6/22/15)

HACKENSACK - Some New Jersey residents are doing their part in sending well wishes to the victims of the South Carolina church shooting and to speak out against racism.

"We want to let America and our community know that we know and we understand what's going on in Charleston. We sympathize with the families and we will give them uplifting support," says Bergen County NAACP President Anthony Cureton.

The Bergen County NAACP organized a prayer vigil Monday evening in honor of the nine victims who were killed in a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methods Episcopal Church in Charleston last week.

Dylann Storm Roof now faces charges in connection with the shooting. A police affidavit released Friday accused Roof of shooting all nine victims multiple times, and making a "racially inflammatory statement" as he stood over an unnamed survivor. Prosecutors allege Roof wanted to start a race war.

The victims included the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a state senator who doubled as the church's lead pastor, and eight others who played multiple roles in their families and communities: ministers and coaches, teachers and a librarian, counselors and choir singers and the elderly sexton who made sure the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was kept clean.

About 100 people gathered Monday night at the vigil held outside the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack. The group represented people from all different races, religions, ages and backgrounds. They all gathered to show their support for those affected by the tragedy and to speak out against racism.

"I think this young man's actions seems to be pulling us together, as opposed to separating. I don't think, fortunately, what he had in mind is happening," says Rev. Gregory Jackson of the Mount Olive Baptist Church.

A similar vigil was held in Neptune Monday evening as well.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Chopper 12 over East Brunswick bus crash 1 VIDEO: Chopper 12 over East Brunswick bus crash
Chopper 12 over wreck that killed NASCAR driver 2 Chopper 12 over wreck that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler
Vandals defaced historic trains belonging to the United 3 Vandals deface historic train equipment in Boonton
4 Word on the Street: Selfies
5 12 on Health: Spike in flu cases

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

In this June 19, 2015, photo, a Confederate SC governor calls for Confederate flag to come down

South Carolina's governor declared Monday that the Confederate flag should be removed from the Statehouse

Relatives of the nine people shot down during Man arrested in massacre of 9 in historic SC church

Relatives of the nine people shot down during a Bible study session inside their historic

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE