UCF's Xi Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., will host a candlelight vigil Friday to honor the nine victims of Wednesday's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

The vigil will take place at the Reflecting Pond at 7:06 p.m.

Xi Iota's past president and current member of the cabinet, Phillip Bent, said the vigil is important because the organization was founded on the principle of social change.

"Although it hasn't been confirmed that it's a hate crime, for things like this to still occur shows us that we need to remind people that, even though we have come this far, we still have a way to go," the senior computer engineering major said.

Suspect Dylann Storm Roof was captured in North Carolina Thursday after allegedly firing gunshots during a Bible study meeting in a black church in Downtown Charleston, according to USA Today.

"This is nine human lives that have just been gone. That in itself should make you take the time for respect," Bent said.

The tentative schedule for tomorrow's vigil consists of a call to order, open discussion, poetry and song selection, moment of silence, lighting of candles and prayer.

Bent said there will be nine candles lit for the nine lives who lost their lives.

Check back for coverage of the vigil.


Marina Guerges is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at

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