On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof opened fire on a prayer group meeting at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. Nine people died.
In the wake of the shooting, the Charleston community has come together to support Mother Emanuel, as it is known. A memorial outside the church has continued to grow every day.
Lilian Smalls of Charleston spoke to The Post and Courier about the shooting and what the church means to her.