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Prayer vigil for Emanuel AME shootings

John L. Colbert of Fayetteville leads prayer Saturday, June 20, 2015, in front of a collection of photographs of the nine killed Wednesday at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., during a prayer vigil at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville. The vigil was organized by the church, HandsUPNWA, Umoja Soul Writers Group and Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology.

Members of the community came to pray together at the historic church. One by one, speakers lit a candle and spoke about each of the nine killed before leading the group in prayer until all nine had been prayed for. The group then joined hands and prayed as one for peace and understanding. It was very beautiful to have witnessed this ceremony and I hope that my being there and making photographs did not detract from the service. That’s always a tough concern to balance with the need to capture our city’s history.

About Andy Shupe

Andy Shupe was born at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., before moving to Berea, Ky., where he grew up. After graduating from Berea College with a degree in biology in 1993, Andy moved to Fayetteville and began working for the Northwest Arkansas Times as a clever ploy to enable him to see his beloved Kentucky Wildcats play basketball. In addition to photography, Andy enjoys baseball, working on old cars and marveling at how old that makes him sound.