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Overtown AME church holds vigil for Charleston church shooting victims

5 pastors from different churches will speak at Greater Bethel AME church Wednesday

An Overtown church community gathered Wednesday to hold a vigil for the nine lives lost in the Charleston church shooting.
An Overtown church community gathered Wednesday to hold a vigil for the nine lives lost in the Charleston church shooting.

MIAMI – The Overtown church community came together in prayer Wednesday, as they held a vigil for the nine lives lost in the Charleston Church shooting.

Pastor Willie Cook told Local 10 News that the AME Church community is close knit, and he knew two of the victims killed in Charleston, including Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

"We believe in the scripture that everything works out for the good for those who love the Lord, and so we know that out of this something positive is going to happen," said Rev. Willie Cook. "I think that oftentimes when things like this happen we are emotional at first but then as we pray, as we seek a greater vision, we know that the end result is going to always be positive."

Five pastors from different churches will speak at Greater Bethel AME in Miami Wednesday,dedicating the special service to the Charleston Church victims.

The first viewing for Rev. Pinckney is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the South Carolina state capital. His funeral is scheduled for Friday.

Despite security concerns after the Charleston shooting, Cook said his doors are always open.