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Gov. Haley calls for statewide day of prayer vigils Tuesday

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Memorial outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC (FOX Carolina) Memorial outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC (FOX Carolina)

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has called for a statewide day of prayer on Tuesday as residents prepare for Thanksgiving and the holidays, and as two difficult trials unfold in Charleston courts.

On Tuesday, Haley is urging everyone, regardless of their faith or denomination, “to pray for continued strength and healing across the state and give thanks for the state's blessings,” according to a news release.

Prayer vigils will be held at various places of worship after participating churches to ring their bells at noon.

Haley will attend a prayer vigil at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. The governor said prayer is needed as the federal trial for Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine people inside Mother Emanuel AME Church, and the trial for Michael Slager, a former police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott, take place in the coastal city.

"Faith, prayer and helping our neighbors is what got us through a challenging time last year, and those things will get us through these two trials and the aftermath of the hurricane," Haley stated in a news release. "In South Carolina, we know how to have compassion toward each other, count our blessings, and remember that we are one state, one people."

Haley said prayers are also needed for the families along the coast still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and the crews battling the Pinnacle Mountain wildfire in the Upstate.

Haley pasted the following statement about the prayer vigils on Facebook Tuesday.

“We have requested every place of worship and church will be holding a prayer vigil at noon Tuesday and will ring the bells as a sign of faith and unity. As we face two heartbreaking murder trials and lift up the families of Hurricane Matthew and the Pickens fires, we ask that everyone pray for love, peace, and understanding. If we can continue to show the faith and love expressed in 2015, we will continue to show the country and the world what true love and kindness looks like. We pray God continues to watch over us during this time.”

In the Upstate, a prayer vigil will be held at Latimer Memorial United Methodist Church on River Street in Belton.

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