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Suspect Arrested in South Carolina Church Killings


Noah Nicolaisen, of Charleston, S.C., kneels at a makeshift memorial, Thursday, June 18, 2015, down the street from where a man opened fire Wednesday night during a prayer meeting inside the Emanuel AME Church, killing several people. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Noah Nicolaisen, of Charleston, S.C., kneels at a makeshift memorial, Thursday, June 18, 2015, down the street from where a man opened fire Wednesday night during a prayer meeting inside the Emanuel AME Church, killing several people. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


Police in the U.S. arrested a man Thursday in connection with a mass shooting in South Carolina Wednesday. Twenty-one year old Dylann Storm Roof is suspected of killing nine people at an African-American church in the city of Charleston. Federal investigators say they will pursue hate crimes charges against the suspect.

Investigators say the suspect walked into the church during a weekly prayer meeting. He sat with the churchgoers for about an hour before he started shooting.

In a televised speech on Thursday, President Barack Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, personally know several members of the church, including the pastor who was murdered.

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Democratic lawmakers had widely opposed the bill. They argued it would give U.S. businesses more power to move jobs overseas to cut labor costs.

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Words in the News

pursuev. to try to get or do (something) over a period of time

pastorn. a minister or priest in charge of a church or parish

fast-trackadj. producing a desired result quickly

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