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Vigils organized in aftermath of ambush of Florence officers

October 4, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Vigils will be held Thursday evening at two sites in downtown Florence in response to the shooting of six officers.

Rev. Chris Handley with Helping Florence Flourish will hold a community prayer vigil at 5:30 p.m. on the front steps of the County Complex.

Later a vigil will be held at First Baptist Church in downtown Florence.

The vigil will start at 7 p.m., according to a tweet from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling the investigation.

The church is located at 300 S. Irby St.

In addition, students will lead pray and remembrance at 7:50 a.m. Friday at South Florence High School.

That’s according to a tweet from Judah Gray, the school’s student body president.

“The tragic events of Wednesday afternoon remind us of our need for prayer and solidarity,” Gray tweeted. “Friday morning at 7:50 at the SFHS flagpole, all students and any in our community are invited for a time of student-led prayer and remembrance. We are #FlorenceStrong”

This is the email that was sent by Connie Y. Haselden, clerk to the Florence County Council, about the vigil on the steps of the County Complex:

“As our community struggles to process the events that unfolded in the Vintage Place Subdivision yesterday, it is our desire to comfort, uplift and encourage the families of those directly impacted by the incident that occurred as well those that were indirectly impacted. Reverend Chris Handley With Helping Florence Flourish will hold a Community Prayer Vigil at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon, October 4th, on the front steps of the County Complex. We ask that if you are unable to join us in person that you participate wherever you are with a moment of silence or lifting up your voice in prayer as we stand strong together and unite to surround our law enforcement family with our heartfelt support in this tragic hour.”

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