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Local church dedicates Sunday service to Charleston victims

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jun 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-21 23:40:39-04

RICHMOND, Va --The Charleston shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church has impacted the entire country, but it hit especially close to home for one Richmond church.

Reverend Reuben Boyd Jr. and the historic Third Street Bethel AME church has strong ties to Emanuel AME church in Charleston.

"When it happened in one of our churches, it really hit home," Boyd said.

Boyd dedicated Sunday’s sermon to the nine victims of Wednesday’s attack.

This sunday’s sermon focused on love, forgiveness and race relations in this country. Boyd said the tight knit Charleston community has shown the rest of the country how to grieve.

Third Street Bethel AME parishioners also signed a book of condolences that will be delivered to the Charleston church in the coming days.

"For my brothers and sisters there, we love them and are behind them, hopefully when we're able to send that book they will see that and feel that."