- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Hundreds of Mainers have joined church and city leaders in Portland to honor the lives lost in the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and to call for an end to racism and gun violence.

The event Monday evening at Merrill Auditorium was 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.

Sally Horne of Woolwich told the Portland Press Herald that she traveled to the event to “take part in the healing.”

The service started with a reading of the names of the nine who died.

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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