Charleston massacre victims remembered at N. TX vigil, Juneteenth event

Members of different faiths came to pray together for the Charleston shooting victims on Friday night.

Christians and Muslims put their religious differences aside for a special service in Oak Cliff, organized by interfaith leaders.

Under a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., dozens of Christians, Muslims and Jews held candles, listened and prayed.

Worshippers spent nine minutes in silence honoring the nine victims.

Alia Salem/CAIR-DFW: 2:50 This is not something we can let go by, this is a national tragedy, and it is really something we have to pay attention to and come together as a community. 3:03

Vigils like Friday night's have been held across Dallas and across the country over the past few days.

"Hopefully our children won't have to see this type of nation and the worst of America, but the best of it," said Imam Omar Suleiman with the Valley Ranch Islamic Center. "They won't have to see racism and hatred, but a nation that accepts and tolerates differences; a nation that values its diversity, a nation that comes together around that which is good."

A Juneteenth celebration marking the end of slavery in Texas started with a prayer service at Baker Chapel AME Church in Fort Worth earlier in the day on Friday.

Church members and others who joined them prayed for the victims of the church shootings in Charleston.

That was followed by a celebration at Fort Worth City Hall that included songs and cultural dances.

Many of those who spoke at the event reminded the crowd that the struggles that began on Juneteenth for African Americans are not over, and the shooting in Charleston is evidence of that.

The Juneteenth parade is set for Saturday at 8 a.m. It starts at the corner of Rosedale Street and Evans Ave.


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