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MLK's daughter urging nonviolence after Charleston church massacre

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The daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., turned to social media early Thursday morning to express sadness over the Wednesday night shooting deaths of nine people at an historically black church in Charleston, S.C.

On Twitter, Bernice King sent a message to her followers that reads, "My heart is heavy re: Charleston #AMEChurchshooting. Remembering 41 years ago, 6/30, when my grandmother (dad's mom) was killed in Church."

In 1974, Alberta Williams King, the mother of assassinated civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot and killed as she sat at the organ in the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Marcus Wayne Chenault, 23, opened fire with two revolvers.

Thursday morning, a representative of The King Center posted a 1960s photo on its Twitter page of Dr. King visiting Emanuel AME Church, the same church where the shooting happened.

According to authorities, a white man in his 20s entered the church and opened fire during a Bible study. Responding officers found eight people dead. A ninth church-goer died at a nearby hospital.

In social media messages, Bernice King and The King Center are urging nonviolence in the aftermath of the Charleston shootings.

One Twitter message from The King Center reads, "We must defy hate w/ truth & love."

Another message from Bernice King reads, "The best path to save the soul of America and transform our culture is through #Nonviolence365 . It's more than a tactic, it's a lifestyle."

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