- In 2015, a white supremacist gunman killed nine churchgoers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Seven years later, survivors and their families are hurting as they watch more mass shootings unfold.
- The church community is lobbying lawmakers for more gun control.
- “Help me save my family. Help me save the next family. Do it because it’s the right thing to do,” said Melvin Graham, whose younger sister, Cynthia Graham Hurd, was killed in the church shooting.
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Melvin Graham was drinking a mug of coffee in his man cave when he saw the news that 10 Black people had been killed in Buffalo, New York.
The similarity unnerved him. Another young white supremacist had gunned down Black churchgoers in Charleston seven years ago, including Graham’s younger sister.