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Prayer vigil for Charleston victims held in Tom Lee Park

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Dozens gathered for a poignant prayer vigil in Tom Lee Park Thursday evening.

"God, we don't know why last Wednesday happened, but, God, we are clear you do," said Reverend Keith Robinson of St. Andrew African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Robinson led the vigil for the victims of last week's massacre at an AME church in Charleston.

"In fact, we were in church that evening, as well, at the time we discovered the murders were occurring," Robinson added.

He knew two of the ministers who were among the nine people killed by a hate-inspired shooter.

In the aftermath, the Black Law Students Association at the University of Memphis organized an event along the river at sunset.

"Racism still exists today, in 2015," one student said.

In the wake of this tragedy, change peeks just barely over the horizon.

"We have to, as a community and a nation, take the steps that are necessary to make a change," law student Dawn Campbell said.

Robinson sees positive proof in things already happening in Memphis and across the South.

"The lack of polarization, the coming together of Republicans and Democrats, the finding of a common agenda," said Robinson. "The coming down of the flag, the stars and bars, the Confederate flag."

The law students assembled are committed to carrying their banner for years to come.

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