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Published On: Fri, Jun 17th, 2016

Rev Anthony Thompson on Charleston, Dylan Roof shooting, ‘Now is the time to focus on God’

The husband of Myra Thompson, a Pastor murdered by Dylan Roof in the Charleston, South Carolina shooting a year ago, says “Now is the time to focus on God.

Rev Anthony Thompson led a Bible study on Mark 4:1-20 Wednesday; the same passage his wife was leading from on June 17 last year at the time Roof murdered Thompson and eight others at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

photo John per wikimedia commons

photo John per wikimedia commons

According to the Charleston Post and Courier, more than 175 people gathered in the church this week to mark the anniversary of the massacre. Anthony Thompson said he had struggled over the past year, but has relied on the Bible to give him strength.

“It can change our attitudes; it can change our hearts to be who God wants us to be, to do what God wants us to do,” he said.

Mayor John Tecklenburg attended the Bible study and there was a police presence both inside and outside the church.

Roof awaits a death penalty trial in November, saying he had “no choice” but to kill black people.

“I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country,” he wrote.
The church made headlines as each family member took a turn in court to stand up and say they forgive Roof.
“We would like you to take this opportunity to repent,” said Anthony Thompson, Myra Thompson’s grandson. “Repent. Confess. Give your life to the one who matters the most, Christ, so he can change your ways no matter what happens to you and you’ll be OK.”
Dylann Storm Roof  photo/ Facebook

Dylann Storm Roof photo/ Facebook

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