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L.A. church leaders stunned, shaken by Charleston church attack

L.A. church leaders stunned, shaken by Charleston church attack

The Rev. John Cager began to field calls late Wednesday night, hours after a 21-year-old gunman killed nine people at a historic black church in South Carolina. His parishioners at Ward AME Church in South L.A. sounded shocked and shaken. They wanted to know: Will there still be a church service on Sunday? “Of course there will be church,” Cager told them. “There will be church now, more than ever.” On Thursday, Cager and other African Methodist Episcopal leaders expressed outrage and sorrow over the killings at Emanuel AME Church, one of the most respected black congregations in the South. They questioned whether Dylann Storm Roof's actions were part of a...

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