NJ artist pays tribute to SC church shooting victims with 6-foot cross

An artist from Orange says that he wants to honor the victims of the South Carolina Emanuel AME Church massacre.



Ronald Freeman created a 6-foot-tall cross with the likenesses of all nine victims. A bible is at the center to symbolize the bible study service where the shooting happened.



Freeman says that it took a year for him to figure out how to best memorialize the victims, and says that he hopes that the victims' families see the piece.



"That could have been my family, that could have been friends of mine," Freeman says. "I just felt the need that I had to do something to honor their memory in one piece, as opposed to doing individuals."



Dylann Roof was convicted last month of federal murder and hate crimes for the 2015 shooting. He is currently representing himself in the sentencing phase of the trial. He could face the death penalty.


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