HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 4,600 miles separate Honolulu from South Carolina. Even so, the tragedy that happened in Charleston is hitting close to home in Hawaii.
St. Andrew's Cathedral in Honolulu was part of a nationwide event Friday to remember the lives lost in the Charleston, S.C., shooting.
"I think that even though this happened thousands of miles away, a tragedy of this kind of violence -- and particularly because of the motivations an the background behind it -- it touched me deeply, and I know it has touched many others," said Rev. Walter Brownridge, dean of the cathedral.
More than 130 people were so moved to head to the cathedral Friday evening for an interfaith prayer vigil, which had been organized the day before.
Earlier Friday, the St. Andrew's Ringing Society held a bell-ringing ceremony as a mark of respect for the nine victims killed by a gunman who sat in on their Bible study group. The bells at the cathedral rang for ten minutes beginning at noon. At the same time, other churches across the nation rang their bells.
"I think it's a way for bell ringers and all churches to express how they feel at this terrible event and to memorialize the dead and to held even the killer in the light," said bell ringer Sasha Bley-Vroman.
The crime has had an effect on people all over the country, including on Oahu.
"Racism is one of the worst forms of violence, and the shooting of people in church praying -- violence," said Wally Inglis, who attended the prayer vigil. "The violence in our country is horrific."
"It hurts. It hurts," said Hawaii Kai resident Marsha Rose Joyner. "Not just me, not just people of color. But it hurts."
It hurt enough to draw people together in an effort to find comfort.
"I just wanted to be with other people who would share the grief and the well wishes to everyone in the world," said Alan Goto, a Buddhist who attended the vigil.