NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A local community is grieving the loss of the church members in Charleston, but for a local bishop, this loss is very personal.
Bishop Samuel Green is the director of all AME churches in Arkansas and Oklahoma. "We go in believing that this is a haven, a refuge. That this is a place where we are healed, not killed," said Green, who is mourning the loss of nine members of his sister church in Charleston, S.C., "Connection of family that makes a feel the pain and hurt."
Of those nine that lost their lives, two of them he knew personally. One of them is retired pastor Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.
"He had a jovial personality, he was an immaculate dresser. When you saw him, you saw this statesman, this distinguished clergyman," said Green.
His other friend, Pastor Clementa Pinckney died. He was also a South Carolina senator.