Confessed killer Dylann Roof’s evil plan to divide America and start a race war failed when unity and forgiveness overcame hate in Charleston.
Thousands gathered at a civic center in downtown Charleston Friday night to remember the nine people who were killed Wednesday at the historic black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, The Daily Mail reported.
Whites, blacks, Christians, and Jews held hands, offered prayers, and showed forgiveness for Roof even after his horrendous act.
Rabbi Stephanie Alexander told the crowd, “How do we eradicate the hate? How do we eradicate the violence? We search, but we search together.”
“If that young man thought he was going to divide this country… he miserably failed,” Mayor Joe Riley said to his grieving but unified Charleston citizens. “Let’s keep these nine people and their families in our prayers and never forget them.”
In a truly supernatural act, the families of the slain offered Roof their forgiveness at his first court appearance.
Families of the victims of #CharlestonShooting forgive the killer and invite him to prayer sessions..I’m blown away pic.twitter.com/Vki4dgE7vP
— Sol Phenduka (@solphenduka) June 20, 2015
Touched and shaken to the core, social media erupted in tweets of support.
@solphenduka Wow! Talk about God fearing families
— Tata ka VAA (@Zukisani_Jonas) June 20, 2015
Imagine the pain of the #CharlestonShooting families. & then they #forgive, because they have no space in their lives for hatred. No words.
— Anna Mimms MBE (@AnnaMimms) June 20, 2015
“Love is stronger than hate, that’s all I’ve got to say” – children of #CharlestonShooting victim forgive the killer http://t.co/hiQsEsuxTQ
— BBC World Service (@bbcworldservice) June 20, 2015
@gwenifill I can’t stop crying
— Xee Jay (@XeeJay2) June 19, 2015
Listening to the families of the #CharlestonShooting victims acknowledge their pain, but forgive Roof and point him to Jesus is breathtaking
— Eric Teetsel (@EricTeetsel) June 19, 2015
In quivering voices, victim families of #charlestonshooting say they forgive the murderer. This is faith. This is love. This is America.
— Fr. Jonathan Morris (@fatherjonathan) June 19, 2015
I can’t take this……….”You hurt me but I forgive you”……..Only God can empower this!!!! #CharlestonShooting
— E. Dewey Smith (@edeweysmith) June 19, 2015
Even well-known celebrities, media personalities and bloggers were moved.
I am a non-Christian, and I must say: This is a remarkable advertisement for Christianity. https://t.co/rmMgD5S013
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) June 19, 2015
these victims’ families are a lot nicer than I would be….I admire these families.
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 19, 2015
Better person than I am, for sure. https://t.co/No6YGY9fgJ
— Nathan! 2016 (@NathanWurtzel) June 19, 2015
The victim’s families are way better than me.
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 19, 2015
These families speak for the best in America: in the midst of rage and anger, hate won’t win.
So tough listening to the #CharlestonShooting victims’ families say “We forgive you, hate won’t win” only a day after the murders.
— Maps Maponyane (@MapsMaponyane) June 20, 2015
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