CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The funeral for the victim whose husband offered forgiveness to the suspect in the deadly shootings at a South Carolina church will be held Monday at the church where the attack took place.
Myra Thompson, 59, was one of nine people gunned down during Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 17.
During a court appearance last week, Thompson’s widower, Anthony Thompson, told the 21-year-old suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, that his family offered their forgiveness.
“We would like you to take this opportunity to repent,” Anthony Thompson said by video stream. “Do that and you’ll be better off than you are right now.”
All nine of the victims in the shooting were black and police contend the attack was racially motivated.
Thompson’s funeral Monday will follow services for four other victims held at Emanuel AME this weekend that brought political and religious leaders in addition to friends and family.
Those who spoke at the services echoed the similar theme that the lives lost would bring about positive social change.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and the Rev. Jesse Jackson attended the funerals on Saturday and Sunday, delivering similar remarks while adding personal touches for the different victims.
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