Illinois Group to Nominate Emanuel AME Church in Charleston for Nobel Peace Prize

CHARLESTON, SC - JUNE 27:  People look on as mourners file into the funeral of Cynthia Hurd, 54, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where she was killed along with eight others in a mass shooting at the church on June 27, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Suspected shooter Dylann Roof, 21 years old, is accused of killing nine people on June 17th during a prayer meeting in the church, which is one of the nation's oldest black churches in Charleston.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CHARLESTON, SC – JUNE 27: People look on as mourners file into the funeral of Cynthia Hurd, 54, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where she was killed along with eight others in a mass shooting at the church on June 27, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Suspected shooter Dylann Roof, 21 years old, is accused of killing nine people on June 17th during a prayer meeting in the church, which is one of the nation’s oldest black churches in Charleston. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A group from the largest township in Illinois is proposing that Emanuel AME Church and the City of Charleston receive the Nobel Peace Prize for the way the community handled the aftermath of the Charleston church shootings.

Representatives from Thornton Township in Illinois are visiting Charleston and the church on Wednesday. The township is made up of 17 municipalities in suburbs south of Chicago.

The township hopes to nominate Emanuel AME and Charleston for the peace prize for their response of unity and peace to the shootings.

Nine black parishioners were gunned down at the church in June. A white man has been charged with murder in state court and faces additional counts, including hate crimes, in federal court.

Source: The AP

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