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Bethel AME Church held a prayer vigil for the victims of the Charleston church massacre. It was overflowing with people who wanted to come together in memory of the victims.

Reverend Edward Bailey put the prayer service together after he got several requests from parishioners. Someone sent him flowers in the wake of the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Police say the gunman who shot nine people to death during Bible study wanted to start a race war.

Bailey says he doesn't want the gunman put to death because he doesn't believe in the death penalty.

"God will judge him, he's already been judged," says Bailey. "To have women, people stand in front of you and say 'I forgive you,' there's no way you can sleep."

People came from other churches around the area for the prayer service. They sang and prayed together.

"I was just feeling really bad and then when I made it personal, looked at each one of them, who they were and what they did for their own communities, it made me so sad," says Joen Wurster of the victims.

"This young man that did the shooting, did not just get that way yesterday or overnight, somebody in his life... somebody let him down," says Bethel parishioner Minnie Vinson.