Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard attended a vigil in Charleston, S.C., on Friday in honor of the nine people killed in a shooting at a church there on Wednesday.

By SI Wire
June 21, 2015

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard attended a vigil in Charleston, S.C., on Friday in honor of the nine people killed in a shooting at a church there on Wednesday. On Sunday, Howard spoke about the experience with CNN. 

"It hurt to see the things that happened in Charleston," Howard said. "It just broke my heart, because I felt like that could've been me. It could've been my friends, it could've been my pastor. It could've been anybody. And I wanted to be there to show my support, and just to show people that we need change in our society."

Howard has also started a group called Breathe Again.

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"My mission is just to change people's lives," Howard said. "All of us as a society, we need to breathe again. We need to step back and take a look at ourselves and our lives. If we want change we need to be that change."

Pray for Charleston. Pray for our nation. Pray for peace. #breatheagain.

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The suspect in the shooting, Dylann Roof, was charged with nine counts of murder on Friday. 

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