RELIGION

Events will mark anniversary of Charleston church shooting

FILE - In this Friday, June 19, 2015 file photo, police tape surrounds the parking lot behind the AME Emanuel Church, a predominantly black church, as FBI forensic experts work at the crime scene where nine people where shot by white suspect Dylann Storm Roof, 21, on Wednesday in Charleston, S.C. The FBI collects extensive data on hate crimes each year, but nearly 2,800 local law enforcement agencies are not submitting the information, according to an investigation of 2009-2014 data by The Associated Press. Thousands more file reports with the FBI only sporadically. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

FILE - In this Friday, June 19, 2015 file photo, police tape surrounds the parking lot behind the AME Emanuel Church, a predominantly black church, as FBI forensic experts work at the crime scene where nine people where shot by white suspect Dylann Storm Roof, 21, on Wednesday in Charleston, S.C. The FBI collects extensive data on hate crimes each year, but nearly 2,800 local law enforcement agencies are not submitting the information, according to an investigation of 2009-2014 data by The Associated Press. Thousands more file reports with the FBI only sporadically. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)  (The Associated Press)

More than two dozen events over 12 days are planned to mark the anniversary of the South Carolina church shootings in which nine parishioners were shot and killed during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

The events include a community memorial service at a local sports arena on Friday, June 17, the anniversary of the shootings.

The following day there will be a unity walk passing in front of the historic black church and ending on the grounds of Charleston's new performing arts center.

Doves will be released following a short ceremony and a tree will be dedicated in memory of the nine shooting victims.

A white man, Dylann Roof, faces both state and federal charges. Both state and federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.