Artist completes mural in honor of Charleston Church Shooting victims

Courtesy: Tripp Barnes Instagram
Courtesy: Tripp Barnes Instagram

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – As the anniversary of the shootings at Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME approaches, a mural by noted artist Tripp Barnes honoring the shooting victims is being unveiled a few blocks from the church.

Nine black parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study at the church last June 17.

Dylann Roof faces murder charges in state court and numerous federal charges in the case.

Jennifer Pinckney, the widow of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the Emanuel pastor who was one of the shooting victims, will be on hand for Friday’s unveiling.

Barnes is a South Carolina native who has created celebrity portraits for Susan Sarandon, Matthew McConaughey and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees among others.

He donated his time over two weeks to create the Charleston mural.

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