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9 Dead in Shooting at Historic Black Church in Charleston

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Charleston police Chief Greg Mullen told reporters that an unidentified 21-year-old white male walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night during a weekly scheduled prayer meeting and began shooting.

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Gary and Aurelia Washington, center left and right, the son and granddaughter of Ethel Lance who died in Wednesday's shooting, leave a sidewalk memorial in front of Emanuel AME Church comforted by fellow family members, June 18, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.
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Gary and Aurelia Washington, center left and right, the son and granddaughter of Ethel Lance who died in Wednesday's shooting, leave a sidewalk memorial in front of Emanuel AME Church comforted by fellow family members, June 18, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.

Rosie Frederick wipes her eyes after saying a prayer, June 18, 2015 at a make-shift memorial near the Emanuel AME Church following a shooting Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C.
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Rosie Frederick wipes her eyes after saying a prayer, June 18, 2015 at a make-shift memorial near the Emanuel AME Church following a shooting Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C.

Antonee Martin, left, and her mother Latrechia Jackson, right, visit the memorial site set up in front of the Emanuel AME Church, June 18, 2015 in Charleston, S.C.
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Antonee Martin, left, and her mother Latrechia Jackson, right, visit the memorial site set up in front of the Emanuel AME Church, June 18, 2015 in Charleston, S.C.

Aurelia Washington cries as she talks about her grandmother Ethel Lance who died in Wednesday's shooting, as she leaves a sidewalk memorial in front of Emanuel AME Church, June 18, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.
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Aurelia Washington cries as she talks about her grandmother Ethel Lance who died in Wednesday's shooting, as she leaves a sidewalk memorial in front of Emanuel AME Church, June 18, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.

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