RELIGION

The latest on Charleston shooting: Memorial grows in front of historic black church

  • Carolyn Wright-Porcher, right, embraces her sister Cynthia Wright-Murphy, both of Charleston, S.C., as they visit a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Carolyn Wright-Porcher, right, embraces her sister Cynthia Wright-Murphy, both of Charleston, S.C., as they visit a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • The steeple of Emanuel AME Church is reflected in a window Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.  President Barack Obama is marveling at the willingness of relatives of the shooting victims at a historic black church to forgive the man accused of the killings. Obama is calling it "an expression of faith that is unimaginable but that reflects the goodness of the American people." (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    The steeple of Emanuel AME Church is reflected in a window Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. President Barack Obama is marveling at the willingness of relatives of the shooting victims at a historic black church to forgive the man accused of the killings. Obama is calling it "an expression of faith that is unimaginable but that reflects the goodness of the American people." (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • A passing cyclist stops to take a photo at a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church at sunrise Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    A passing cyclist stops to take a photo at a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church at sunrise Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

10:15 p.m.

The memorial in front of the black church is growing with bouquets of flowers, balloons and teddy bears.

On Saturday morning, a couple dozen people stood in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where police say a young white man opened fire at the end of a Bible study group and killed nine people on Wednesday night.

Roses are intertwined in the black wrought-iron fence in front of the church and colorful bouquets of flowers are piled on top of each other.

Authorities say 21-year-old Dylann Roof opened fire inside the church. He has been arrested and charged with nine counts of murder. He is currently being held in jail on a $1 million bond.