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'It is a very, very sad day in South Carolina', Gov. Haley speaks after 9 killed in church shooting

CHARLESTON, SC (WTOC) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said in a news conference on Thursday the heart and soul of the state was broken on Wednesday night following the shooting of nine people inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

It's a sentiment that's been echoed by many around the nation.

Aside from the large media presence, a lot of peopl have made their way near the scene to show their support the best way they know how, by laying flowers and other things, setting up a makeshift memorial in front of the church.

This is one of several ways we've heard of people offering support for the families of the victims. In a news conference on Thursday, Charleston city leaders said there's a fund set up to provide monetary support.

And at that news conference, Haley also spoke, and with tears in her eyes, said there's a lot of healing ahead for the community and state.

“We will continue to be on standby, all of the people, all of the leaders you see here are willing to do anything for the families in need and the church in need,” Haley said. “But for that I will tell you it is a very, very sad day in South Carolina, but it is a day we will get through, a day we will remember and a day that will allow us to get stronger.”

Police tape is still up as this investigation continues to move forward. The suspected gunman, Dylann Roof, was captured earlier today in North Carolina and is now being brought back to Charleston by police.

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