Haley to Be at Mother Emanuel AME for State Day of Prayer

The event will be at noon Tuesday statewide.

Columbia, SC (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley is asking South Carolinians to pray for healing amid two racially charged murder trials in Charleston and the recovery from Hurricane Matthew.

Haley on Monday called on all places of worship to hold a prayer vigil at noon Tuesday. She also wants church bells to be rung statewide.

The governor says she will be at "Mother Emanuel" AME Church in Charleston, where nine black worshippers were gunned down last year. A judge is weighing whether the white man accused of killing them is competent to stand trial.

The trial of former North Charleston officer Michael Slager is underway. He's accused of fatally shooting a black motorist in the back as he fled.

Haley says "we don't know what's going to come out of these murder trials."

She says it's important "we all come together" and reflect.


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