Thousands of residents from the Charleston area reportedly gathered on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge on Sunday to create a triumphant symbol of peace as a tribute to the nine people killed in last week's shooting.
According to Mashable, people of all ages and races joined hands, embraced and even sang. They formed what was called a "Unity Chain" on the 2.5-mile-long bridge that connects Charleston and Mount Pleasant.
In the early evening, a nine-minute moment of silence was held on the Mount Pleasant side of the bridge to honor each victim.
But, love and equality were the paramount messages of the event, and an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people participated.
Hands across Charleston #unitychaincharleston #CharlestonShooting pic.twitter.com/NqYRg1jkUa — Glenn Smith (@glennsmith5) June 22, 2015
#UnityChainCharleston pic.twitter.com/I4WHr3AkQq — schuyler kropf (@skropf47) June 22, 2015
On the sidewalk people have written messages to the victims' families #BridgeToPeace pic.twitter.com/yTsHGC5Lp0 — Sam Tyson (@SamInteractive) June 22, 2015
You can sense the crowd absorbing the human bridge event. #charlestonshooting .@postandcourier pic.twitter.com/9ajmahLR3X — Matthew Fortner (@MatthewFortner) June 22, 2015
Mount Pleasant side of Unity Walk #CharlestonShooting @postandcourier pic.twitter.com/HM1kS4xlSp — David Quick (@DavidQuick) June 21, 2015
One of the participants was Stephen Colbert, a South Carolina native. He tweeted this video of the event's gorgeous backdrop.
Peace and Love and Unity in the Holy City pic.twitter.com/4XWHW866BH — Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 22, 2015