Nearly two weeks after a relentless and violent attack that killed 9 people at a South Carolina church, some communities here in Eastern North Carolina continue to pray and mourn.
Deeply saddened by the massacre at Emmanuel AME Church, the people who showed up at the Church of God of Deliverance in Rocky Mount Tuesday listened to a choir sing uplifting songs.
The prayer vigil was hosted by 1st District Democratic Representative G.K. Butterfield.
Butterfield said this is the start to addressing hatred not just in South Carolina, but here in North Carolina, too.
Butterfield says, "There are hate groups continuing in this country. There are hate groups in North Carolina, and we've got to come together as a community and confront racism and make sure this type of event that we saw in Charleston never happens again."