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At Charleston church, worshipers seek solace after tragedy

At Charleston church, worshipers seek solace after tragedy

Singing, crying and clinging to one another for solace, a grieving congregation returned to “Mother Emanuel” on Sunday, determined to restore the historic church from a murder scene to a place of worship. An overflow crowd packed the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church just four days after a young man spouting racist ideology came to a Bible study class and methodically killed nine people. For some parishioners, it was too soon to return. But Felicia Breeland, a retired music teacher and third-generation member of Emanuel, said she never considered staying home. “I wanted to come,” said Breeland, 81, wearing a white dress and hat. “That gunman could...

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