Church Elder Remembers Victims Of Charleston Shooting05:43

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Members of the community surrounding the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, S.C. are grieving for the nine people killed Wednesday night during a prayer meeting.

The church's head pastor, Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state senator and civil rights activist, was among the dead, according to police.

Elder James Johnson of the National Action Network knew Rev. Pinckney and spoke with Here & Now's Robin Young from outside of the church to remember the victims of the shooting.


  • James Johnson, III, church elder and president of the Charleston Chapter of the National Action Network.

This segment aired on June 18, 2015.