South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Thursday delivered an emotional and tearful response to the mass shooting that occurred at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.
Haley’s comments came after the white shooter, Dylann Roof, was apprehended for allegedly shooting nine black people Wednesday night at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
“You know we woke up today,” Haley said, before getting choked up, “and the heart and soul of South Carolina was broken. And so we have some grieving we have to do. And we’ve got some pain we have to go through. Parents are having to explain to their kids how they can go to church and feel safe and that’s not something we ever thought we’d deal with.”
Haley commended the quick action of law enforcement and the leadership of Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley before encouraging South Carolinians to stay strong.
“We are a strong and faithful state,” Haley said. “We love our state, we love our country and most importantly we love each other. And I will tell you there’s a lot of prayer in this state and so you are gonna see all of us trying to lift these nine families up in prayer because they need us.”
“These nine families need us,” Haley continued. “The Emmanuel AME church needs us. The AME Church family needs us. And the people of South Carolina need us to come together and be strong for what has happened.”
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