One Way You Can Show Your Support For Charleston

June 18th 2015

Laura Donovan

Following Wednesday's massacre at historically Black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina that left nine people dead, the hashtag #IamAME started trending on social media in support of the victims.

Authorities reported Thursday morning that Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old suspect in the South Carolina, church shooting, was apprehended during a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina, about 250 miles from Charleston. He was captured in his car and was cooperative with the officer who stopped him, according to Charleston police chief Greg Mullen, who spoke at a press conference Thursday alongside local and state officials.

Roof, according to witnesses at the scene, said he had "to do it" because black people "rape our women" and are "taking over our country," said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, in an online statement. "It's an obvious hate crime by someone who feels threatened by our country's changing demographics and the increasing prominence of African Americans in public life."

Many took to Twitter Thursday morning to call out the media for failing to refer to the incident as an act of terrorism.

Many others also used the hashtag #IamAME to send positive energy to the folks in Charleston. Here are some great #IamAME messages:

You can watch the early morning press conference from the Charleston police chief and mayor here:

More on the tragedy in Charleston:

Reported Mass Shooting at Historically Black Church in Charleston, South Carolina

President Obama Just Gave a Powerful Statement About the Charleston Massacre

The Highly Disturbing Irony in This Charleston Cover Story