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St. Louis church honors victims of Charleston shooting with memorial

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Pastors, lawmakers, other officials and concerned citizens took to the front steps of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday morning for a memorial of the nine victims in a shooting last June at a church in South Carolina.

Dylann Roof is accused of gunning down nine parishioners as they worshiped at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. 

"Nine innocent people (went) to church to worship and ended up being massacred," U.S. Congressman Lacy Clay said.

Representatives released nine balloons into the air symbolizing a call to stop the violence in St. Louis and across the country.

"To me it's very important (to be here) because we have to keep reminding each other of the work we still have to do,” State Representative Karla May said. “It's necessary that we come together as a community. It seems like the community and the nation as a whole has been divided.

“I want us to remember historically the United States and how we were always able to come together to defeat outside forces,” May said.

Roof is facing trial for his alleged crimes.  Prosecutors are reportedly seeking the death penalty.

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