Haley calls for church bells to ring, prayer at noon in SC

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivers the State of the State in the House chambers at the South Carolina Statehouse Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is calling for prayer vigils and church bells to ring across the state.

Haley is calling for the vigils at noon Tuesday to ask for continued strength and healing as South Carolina recovers from Hurricane Matthew.

Haley is heading to Charleston to pray at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church. That’s where police say nine worshippers were killed by Dylann Roof during Bible study in June 2015.

Haley is asking people to pray about Roof’s upcoming death penalty trial and the murder trial of North Charleston police officer Michael Slager taking place.

Haley says faith, prayer and good neighbors have helped South Carolina make it through tough times in 2015 and 2016. She says two days before Thanksgiving is a good time to count blessings.

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