Thousands Honor Shooting Victims With 'Unity Chain' On Charleston Bridge

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 — Glenn Smith (@glennsmith5) June 22, 2015
#UnityChainCharleston — schuyler kropf (@skropf47) June 22, 2015
On the sidewalk people have written messages to the victims' families #BridgeToPeace — Sam Tyson (@SamInteractive) June 22, 2015
You can sense the crowd absorbing the human bridge event. #charlestonshooting .@postandcourier — Matthew Fortner (@MatthewFortner) June 22, 2015
Mount Pleasant side of Unity Walk #CharlestonShooting @postandcourier — 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 — Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 22, 2015

Citations: Scenes from Charlestons Unity Chain event (Mashable)