COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Benedict College honored the victims of the Charleston Emanuel AME shooting at a special service February 2.
Survivors and family members of the victims gathered in the college chapel to tell stories of faith and love in the aftermath of the shooting.
“We have to take what happened and turn that around and be more positive and think about ways we can impact the community,” Denise Quarles said. “You know, spending more times with children who don’t look like them so those stereotypes can be diminished.”
Under the theme of “no greater faith,” the group shared stories of how their faith grew stronger was shaken despite their faith being shaken. Quarles wanted students to know how to love themselves and one another. She says love could possibly prevent another tragic shooting.
“You know the foundation needs to be laid that you’re supposed to treat everyone the way you want to be treated,” Quarles said. “Just because someone looks different than you doesn’t mean they mean more or less.”
More information on this service may be read here.