At a small Baptist congregation a half hour north of Charleston, Melvin Graham Jr. is praying.
A laminated bookmark with a picture of his sister Cynthia Graham Hurd marks his bible. She was murdered on June 17, 2015 in the basement of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church along with eight others. Graham said he and his siblings plan to remember their sister through her passion.
“We came up with the idea of giving away books in June, in honor of her, because June is her birthday,” said Graham.