- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A prayer service in Oklahoma City has been held in response to the shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina, church that left nine people dead.

About 250 people of various faiths, including city officials, gathered Sunday at the Avery Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church to offer prayers for the Charleston community following the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church.

A 21-year-old white man, Dylann Roof, is being held for the attack. He’s accused of sitting with the victims for an hour during Bible study before making racially offensive remarks and opening fire.

Avery Chapel senior pastor the Rev. D. Lavel Crawford told those gathered that, “We will not lay down and be divided by evil.”

Oklahoma City Attorney David Slane received a standing ovation at the service when he spoke about racial division across the nation.

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