Charleston Church to reopen for Sunday services; purported manifesto surfaces
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Congregation members say the historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were killed is going to re-open for a Sunday morning service.
Cassie Watson said Saturday that the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church will open at 8:30 a.m. for Sunday school and 9 a.m. for a service.
Watson was one of more than a dozen people to enter the building after a cleaning crew had worked on it. Other congregation members also confirmed the church would open Sunday.
Also today, a website surfaced with photographs that appear to show the shooting suspect holding a Confederate flag and burning an American flag, along with a racist rant. One of the 60 pictures is a close-up of a .45-caliber pistol, the kind of gun suspect Dylann Roof is accused of using in the attack.
The purported manifesto was found on a website called LastRhodesian.com.
The nearly 2,500-word essay says Charleston was chosen for the attack because at one time it had the highest ratio of blacks to whites and white supremacist groups were not doing enough.
Internet registry records show that the website was registered on Feb. 9 via a Russian registry service – a common tactic use by those to obscure personal details or hide who is behind any particular website.