CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston, South Carolina, has made the national news quite a few times in the last few months. Through every storm, the city has come together to show it cannot be broken.
The hashtag #CharlestonShooting has been the No. 1 trending topic on social media since Wednesday night when news of the horrific tragedy broke. Many hashtags were created on social media and each one of them gave the city more and more hope. The hashtags pray for Charleston, Charleston STRONG, I am AME and Stand with Charleston started going viral with each post.
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Users created memes to share, and within hours, you could scroll through your news feed on Facebook and see the same viral meme’s posted as profile pictures to show support for Charleston and the victims who lost their lives in the church shooting.
There is even talk on social media of a unity chain being organized by Charleston residents that will span the Ravenel Bridge with residents hand in hand to remember the victims of the shooting on Sunday night.
Celebrities started tweeting their condolences and opinions about the shooting.
Ellen Degeneres said “I believe there is more love in the world than hate. We need to show it today. Sending my love to Charleston” on her Facebook page.
Taylor Swift was getting off of a plane and turning her phone back on when she found out about the shooting and tweeted “My heart dropped to the floor… Charleston… This is an unbearable loss of lives and innocence.”
Bruno Mars tweeted “This Charleston shooting is disgusting. What’s going on world? Praying for all the friends and family involved in this awful tragedy.”
Recording artist, Beyonce, posted a video on Instagram that showed a black and white picture of the church with the names of the victims flashing in front of it. The caption on her post read “My heart is with the families, loved ones, and all of those affected by the senseless tragedy in Charleston. May they rest in peace.”
There are many ways you can help the families of the victims. By midday Friday, the Emanuel AME Church Hope Fund will be accepting donations, the City of Charleston donated $5,000 and Boeing donated $100,000 to help the families of the victims.