"Ethel Lance, my mother, was killed on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, along with my cousins Susie Jackson and Tywanza Sanders, and six other people at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina. It appears to have been a racially motivated massacre plotted by a 21-year-old white man", says Risher.
Once again, our nation has been forced to drink from the bitter well of sudden, horrific, and violent death as inflicted by one of our fellow citizens heavily armed with guns. Through the terroristic and hate-filled actions of one man in Orlando, Florida, 49 people are now dead and another 53 were wounded, some gravely, in what is now known as the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.
Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) joins people of goodwill and peace everywhere who are expressing both profound sadness and the highest levels of outrage over the unspeakably gruesome actions of the mass murderer. In addition, we are united by our deep concern for the families of those who perished in this cowardly act, and by our unending hopes for recovery of the wounded.
The city of Charleston, South Carolina as well as Mother Emanuel AME Church have planned 12 days of events to commemorate the one year anniversary of the shootings of nine members of Mother Emanuel. MVFR Staff will be attending multiple events and invite MVFR friends and family in the area to join us.Read more