EAST ORANGE, NJ - Reverend Dwight D. Gill, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church of East Orange lead a prayer vigil on Sunday, June 21st, to honor the nine victims and their families from the Charleston shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in South Carolina. 

During his remarks, Rev. Gill encouraged members and guests to stand in unity and to resist the kind of hatred that precipitated the shooting incident.  “We are standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of Mother Emanuel AME Church, the Charleston community and nation in praying for love, forgiveness and healing the wake of this tragedy, said Rev. Gill.  

A candle was lit for each of the nine victims during the memorial ceremony.