The widow of a pastor slain with eight others at a historic South Carolina church says shielding her young daughters will be a priority during an upcoming murder trial expected to reopen emotional wounds.

Jennifer Pinckney spoke to reporters on Tuesday hours before addressing a forum at Duke University on faith and race.

She discussed how her family has coped since the death last June of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who led Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and was a state senator.

State prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, who's accused of opening fire at a Bible study.

Pinckney says she's tried to shield her daughters while leading normal lives with school, church and after-school activities. She also wants them to live without a "sense of fear."