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18 Powerful Photos Of People Around The Nation Standing In Solidarity With Charleston

06/19/2015 04:47 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2015

Millions nationwide mourn the loss of nine black lives lost in Wednesday's shooting by gunman Dylann Roof at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

On Friday, family members expressed forgiveness over Roof's heinous act. The worshippers who were killed have been identified as Myra Thompson, 59; Cynthia Hurd, 54; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Hon. Rev. Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Susie Jackson, 87; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45; AND Clementa Pinckney, 41.

Meanwhile, vigils have been held in Charleston, as well as in cities across the country, to remember and reflect on the innocent lives lost.

Here are 18 photos that show our nation standing together:

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Olina Ortega, left, and Austin Gibbs light candles at a sidewalk memorial in front of Emanuel AME Church where people were killed by a white gunman Wednesday during a prayer meeting inside the historic black church in Charleston, S.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015.
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    Betty Maddox, of Conyers, Ga., sings at the interfaith prayer vigil at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday, June 18, 2015.
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    Mourners gather at Marion Square for a candlelight vigil, Thursday, June 18, 2015, near the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Dylann Storm Roof, 21, was arrested Thursday in the slayings of several people, including the pastor at a prayer meeting inside the historic black church.
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    People participate in a candle light vigil at Marion Square near the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 18, 2015.
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    An emotional Senate staffer Travis Norton, right, joins other staff members and members of Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 18, 2015, during a vigil to mourn the shooting victims of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.
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    Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., and other members of Congress, attends a prayer vigil on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 18, 2015, to mourn the shooting victims of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.
  • Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP
    U.S. Sen. Tim Scott bows his head in prayer during a prayer vigil held at Morris Brown AME Church in NYC for the victims of Wednesday's shooting at Emanuel AME Church on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Charleston, S.C.
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    Rev. Jeannie Smalls cries during a prayer vigil held at Morris Brown AME Church in New York City for the victims of Wednesday's shooting at Emanuel AME Church on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Charleston, S.C.
  • Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP
    Hands are raised during a prayer vigil held at Morris Brown AME Church in New York City for the victims of Wednesday's shooting at Emanuel AME Church on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Charleston, S.C.
  • Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP
    The crowd applauds during a prayer vigil held at Morris Brown AME Church in New York City for the victims of Wednesday's shooting at Emanuel AME Church on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Charleston, S.C.
  • The Washington Post via Getty Images
    Those gathered at the prayer vigil at Morris Brown AME Episcopal Church sing a hymn together in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP
    From left, Reverend Richard Harkness holds hands with Reverend Jack Lewin during a prayer vigil held at Morris Brown AME Church in New York City for the victims of Wednesday's shooting at Emanuel AME Church on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Charleston, S.C.
  • The Washington Post via Getty Images
    Members of the public filled the Morris Brown AME Church to capacity in downtown Charleston Thursday afternoon for a prayer vigil.
  • Eric Thayer via Getty Images
    Mourners hold a prayer vigil for the nine victims of last night's shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015 at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church: Bethel in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.
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    Mourners hold a prayer vigil for the nine victims of last night's shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015 at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church: Bethel in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.
  • Eric Thayer via Getty Images
    Mourners hold a prayer vigil for the nine victims of last night's shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015 at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church: Bethel in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.
  • Eric Thayer via Getty Images
    Clergy leaders and other mourners march during a prayer vigil for the nine victims of last night's shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.
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    Mourners gather in Union Square Park June 18, 2015 in New York in to remember those killed at a prayer meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Wade Spees / The Post And Courier / AP
    A man kneels across the street from where police gather outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church following the shooting Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the scene of the shooting. A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside the historic black church, killing multiple people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A distraught man is comforted as a group of concerned people arrive inquiring about the shooting.
  • Matthew Fortner / The Post And Courier / AP
    Charleston police officers search for a shooting suspect outside the Emanuel AME Church.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Lisa Doctor joins a prayer circle early Thursday, June 18, 2015, down the street from Emanuel following the shooting.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Worshippers gather to pray in a hotel parking lot across the street from the scene of the attack.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Worshippers gather to pray down the street from the Emanuel church.
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    Police close off a section of Calhoun Street near the church.
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    Charleston Emergency Management Director Mark Wilbert on Thursday holds a flier that was distributed to media with surveillance footage of a suspect wanted in connection with the shooting. (Photo: David Goldman)
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    Surreace Cox, of North Charleston, South Carolina, holds a sign during a prayer vigil down the street from the Emanuel AME Church early Thursday. (Photo: David Goldman)
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    Worshippers gather to pray in a hotel parking lot across the street from the church. (Photo: David Goldman)
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A police officer uses a flashlight while searching the area. (Photo: David Goldman)
  • Grace Beahm / The Post and Courier / AP
    Rev. Sandy Drayton sheds a tear during a prayer vigil held at Morris Brown AME Church for the victims of Wednesday's shooting at Emanuel AME Church on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Charleston, S.C.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Parishioners listen during a memorial service at Morris Brown AME Church for the nine people killed Wednesday during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A parishioner prays during a memorial service at Morris Brown AME Church for the people killed Wednesday during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Police arrested 21-year-old suspect Dylann Storm Roof Thursday in Shelby, N.C. without resistance. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Natasha Wright speaks to her two daughters, Thursday, June 18, 2015 at a make-shift memorial near the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Dylann Storm Roof, 21, was arrested Thursday in the slayings of several people, including the pastor, at a prayer meeting inside the historic black church in downtown Charleston. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, center right, joins hands with Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley, left, and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., right, at a memorial service at Morris Brown AME Church for the people killed Wednesday during a prayer meeting inside the historic black church in Charleston, S.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015.
  • BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images
    People sit on the steps of Morris Brown AME Church while services are held June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Police on Thursday arrested a 21-year-old white gunman suspected of killing nine people at a prayer meeting in one of the nation's oldest black churches in Charleston, an attack being probed as a hate crime. The shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the southeastern US city was one of the worst attacks on a place of worship in the country in recent years, and comes at a time of lingering racial tensions.
  • BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images
    A South Carolina State Trooper walks past as people gather for a vigil while services are held at Morris Brown AME Church June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.
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    Charleston police Lt. S. Siprko removes flowers from the backseat of a patrol car, Thursday, June 18, 2015 to a makeshift memorial in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. T
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    State Senator Vincent Sheheen (D-Kershaw) gets emtional as he sits next to the draped desk of state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Pinckney was one of those killed, Wednesday night in a shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
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    A group of women pray together at a make-shift memorial on the sidewalk in front of the Emanuel AME Church, Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. Dylann Storm Roof, 21, was arrested Thursday in the slayings of several people, including the pastor at a prayer meeting inside the historic black church.
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    Tyler Francis, right, hugs Shondrey Dear after praying together, Thursday, June 18, 2015 at a make-shift memorial near the Emanuel AME Church following a shooting Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C. Shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof, 21, was captured without resistance in North Carolina Thursday after an all-night manhunt, Charleston's police chief Greg Mullen said.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Sheby Police Department in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015.
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    Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Sheby Police Department in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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