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Vigil to be held Thursday at Diversity Plaza to honor Charleston victims

Diversity Plaza

Diversity Plaza (37th Road, between 73rd & 74th Streets)

June 24, 2015 By Michael Florio

Jackson Heights residents will have the opportunity to pay their respects to those lost in the Charleston shooting Thursday.

DRUM, the South Asian Organizing Center founded to fight for the rights of low-wage south Asian immigrant workers, will be hosting a vigil Thursday at 6:30 pm at Diversity Plaza. The vigil will be to honor those people who lost their lives at the Emanuel AME Church last week.

The community gathering will also involve a community discussion about the incident.

“The vigil will be coupled with a community discussion on the relationship of Queens communities, particularly immigrants, to this incident,” the organization said in a statement.

The shooting in Charleston occurred on June 17th, when Dylann Roof, 21, went into the church and shot 10 people, killing nine, including the church’s senior pastor and local state Senator Clementa Pinckney.

Elected officials are expected to attend.

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