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Surfers honor nine slain at Emanuel AME Church with paddle-out Surfers to honor the lives lost at Emanuel AME

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Local surfers met near the pier at Folly Beach Saturday morning to hold a paddle-out ceremony to honor the nine people killed in the June 17 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Paddle-out ceremonies are performed by surfers usually to remember a fellow surfer who has died, but sometimes there are special exceptions.

The memorial tradition, thought to have been started by Hawaiians in the early 1900s, usually begins with surfers gathering on a beach, sharing words or prayers, and then paddling out beyond the breakers, forming a circle or massing together, throwing flowers and/or a wreath in the water.

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