Friday is the first anniversary of the Charleston Church shootings that left nine dead.
Gov. Nikki Haley reflects on how the state reacted in the aftermath. Haley said the public’s nonviolent response was at the time something the nation did not expect. “I think the state, the way I believe is I think that they realize that they don’t just talk about being the friendliest state in the country, I think they showed it last year when they were tested,” said Haley.
The peaceful reaction came in the wake of violent protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, MO,
Haley said the state still feels the pain of the tragedy. “I think we’re a state that’s still healing. I think that we’re coming on the anniversary of June 17th, I think I very much feel a responsibly to hold our state together,” Haley said.
On the evening of Wednesday June 17th, 2015 Dylann Roof, who is white, walked into Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston and joined in a bible study group. An hour later he opened fire on the group of black parishioners, killing nine.
Gov. Haley reflects on how state reacted in wake of Charleston church shootings