Local pastor speaks out on one-year anniversary of Charleston church shooting

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Moving forward while remembering the past, that’s the motto on the one year anniversary of the Charleston church shooting.

On June 17, 2015, nine parishioners were shot and killed during a bible study in the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

One local pastor went down to Charleston the day after to help the grieving community. Reverend Rodney Coles talked about his efforts to prevent the same outcome

Coles went to help heal a grieving community. He said he’s seen significant change in community support over the course of the year.

“They are coming more together. The odds are more against the evilness than its more positive now which I can see,” Coles said. “We all sit down now to talk about and make sure these things doesn’t happen here. Building relationships with our police department, our political people and getting them more involved.”

He plans to start in Greenville by working with the community, which is the best prevention plan for tragedy here.

“It’s not looking at tomorrow, it’s looking at the day you got up and to get it right, and try to help as many people as you can,” Coles said.

Until then, he will rely on his faith to see a change.

The suspect, 22-year-old Dylann Roff, faces both federal and state charges, including murder and hate crimes. His trial begins this November.

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