Out MSNBC reporter Thomas Roberts was overcome with emotion covering a vigil Friday for the nine black churchgoers who died in the horrific church massacre last week in Charleston.
At the same moment the bond was being set for Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old accused of the June 17 attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Roberts observed a mass of people join the vigil.
“You can see the outpouring of support for his community,” says Roberts, struggling to gather himself. “It goes all the way down the street of people who showed up at the exact same time that this arraignment was going on.”
What Roberts didn’t know was that the crowd was due in large part to Glenn Beck, who flew to Charleston and urged people to join him at the church in prayer. He’s even visible in the below video.
During Roof’s arraignment, some family members of victims stepped forward to forgive Roof.
“Hate won’t win,” Alana Simmons, granddaughter of victim Daniel Simmons, told the accused. “My grandfather and the other victims died at the hands of hate. Everyone’s plea for your soul is proof that they lived in love and their legacies live in love.”