Local churches to host prayer vigils tonight in response to Charleston shooting

Churchgoers fill the sanctuary for the first service at Emmanuel AME since the deadly shooting.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Local churches will come together Monday for a unity prayer vigil in response to the tragic attack on Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston, South Carolina.

Pastor Dwayne Whitehead, a local Eastend Pastor, and Bishop Leon Benjamin, a local Southside Pastor, are calling for local churches to come together and conduct simultaneous prayer vigils around the city of Richmond on Monday, June 22.

An emergency meeting was held on Friday with various pastors from around the City of Richmond at a Southside location to discuss what area churches will do to secure a safer place of worship for their parishioners and to implement those safety protocols immediately.

Bishop Benjamin and other pastors have agreed that they will not be intimidated by such actions from individuals who want to bring violence and terror into the interior walls of local churches.

Pastor Dwayne Whitehead has suggested that area pastors begin to stand in coalition now to make local Churches and Communities a safer place for all people.

First African Baptist Church, Trinity Baptist and Moore Street Baptist will all meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the entrance way to Battery Park on Fendall Avenue.

Prayer vigils will also be held at the following locations:

First Union Baptist Church
6144 Derwent Road, Richmond 23225

First African Baptist Church
2700 Hanes Avenue, Richmond 23222

Chimborazo Park
2900 E. Grace Street, Richmond 23223

Second Baptist Church
1400 Idlewood Avenue, Richmond 23220



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