Communities react to the shooting in Charleston

The following are excerpts from speeches given at various events promoting peace around Horry County in the wake of last week’s shooting in Charleston.

“So, Lord, we’re going to ask you to go with us in search for peace. May it start here and spread throughout our communities, Lord, and spread in other communities. … It needs to start with our kids right now. A lot of kids imitate what they see on TV. A lot of kids imitate what they hear in music.”

Minister Paul Stevenson

“The situation that happened in Charleston can happen right here in Horry County. We need to get on board and try to stop it with more law enforcement.”

Ed Wilson

“I had learned, as time went by and we had to heal during the healing process, that the most important thing is life goes on regardless. I go back to what is happening now in our communities. … and if we can come together and love one another as our parents love us, there would be love for everybody.”

Brenda Livingston-Dixon

“In the recent events that’s happened with us today and the situation in Charleston, it’s really not unique to South Carolina. It’s everywhere. Violence is everywhere. But the questions we have to ask ourselves is what are we doing to stop it? I want to just say to the community, when someone commits a crime, don’t be afraid to tell the police.”

Elder Henry Jones, Prince Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Loris

“I would just like to ask of you one thing. Life in Charleston these past couple of days has been very, very trying for so many people. It’s certainly trying for all of us. I would ask for just a moment of silence in prayer for the suffering of those families who have lost loved ones … and also, I ask that each day for the next nine days say a prayer that will be offered for the families each day …

“It is the strong of the secular society that seems to be looking at this whole idea of if you don’t like what someone else is doing or saying, well it’s OK to be violent. We see that even in the way our folks in Congress are dealing with each other. … We’ve lost the sense of civility and that has permeated down into so many areas in all society. This young man who shot all these folks in the church in Charleston is 21 years old … young people who have bought into, in a sense, this kind of weird way of looking at society and dealing with the urges that are inside of them.”

The Rev. Robert Guglielmone at St. Andrew Church Saturday

By Jason M. Rodriguez, jrodriguez@thesunnews.com

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