- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - City and church leaders in Portland will be gathering to honor the lives lost in the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina and to call for an end of violence and the proliferation of racism.

The event on Monday evening is being organized by the city of Portland, the NAACP Portland Branch, Portland’s Racial Justice Congress, Green Memorial AME Zion Church and Williams Temple Church of God in Christ.

Mayor Michael Brennan says, “When acts of violence like this occur, we must speak out against it, and stand together in saying it has no place in our community and in our country.” He is inviting members of the public to attend.

Twenty-one-year-old Dylann Roof is facing nine counts of murder and a weapons charge in the shooting on Wednesday.

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