FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2015
JCFR Condemns South Carolina Church Shooting
[Richmond, VA] - The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, and its advocacy division, the Jewish Community Relations Committee, are deeply shocked and saddened by the shooting that took place last night at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The shooter killed nine African-American churchgoers in what local police have labeled a hate crime.
We strongly condemn this violent and heinous act.
The gunman, identified by the FBI as 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, is reportedly in custody. The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is believed to be launching a hate crime investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, the Emanuel AME Church, members of the AME Church nationwide, the African American community, and the citizens of Charleston, as they grieve for the victims of this tragic crime.
May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
For additional comments, contact JCFR CEO Samuel H. Asher at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 804-545-8622.