Baton Rouge church holds special service in wake of Charleston shooting

Baton Rouge church holds special service in wake of Charleston shooting

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In display of solidarity, the Allen Chapel AME Church in north Baton Rouge held a special service Saturday, honoring the lives lost in Charleston, SC.

"We have gathered here today because of the dark shadow that hangs over the community of Charleston, SC," said Rev. Bland Washington, Sr., Pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church.

"It's a matter of Christians coming together so that we can give hope, encouragement," the pastor said.

Nearly a hundred people came to the service. Allen Chapel AME is a sister church to the AME Church in Charleston where the shooting happened Wednesday night.

Saturday, church members were joined in prayer by local leaders from the Baton Rouge Metro Council and the NAACP.

"Through any tragedy, through any situation, you have to reach out to God because when you have such an even as this, there's no one else to turn to," Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle. "I believe that it's important that we come together as a community and let the people in South Carolina know they're not alone, that we're praying, that they have strength, that we have hope, that we will see a brighter day," she said.

"I'm come today to worship with the AME family and to express the concerns of the NAACP that these type of acts must stop in the United States of America," said Ernest Johnson, president of the Louisiana NAACP.

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