Two years have passed since a self-avowed white supremacist gunned down nine black worshippers during Emanuel AME Church's weekly Bible study. Since then, the families and a nation grieved together.
Two Bibles lay inside a glass case not far from the arrivals area at Charleston International Airport.
One holy book is open, its pages resting on the passage taught on the night a self-avowed white supremacist came to Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in June 2015 and gunned down nine black parishioners.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The bullet holes in the fellowship hall at Emanuel AME church have been patched, but the holes in the fabric of life in Charleston remain.
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton is absent from Goose Creek High School, her exhortations still ringing in the ears of girls who ran track for her.
For family members of the nine killed, enduring the emotional trial and seeing justice handed down brought a sense of relief. Many returned home to continue healing through advocacy work they launched after the shooting.