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Charleston preparing for Dylann Roof trial

Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Admirers leave fewer flowers to remember the dead these days at one of Charleston’s most famous churches. Still, the painful memories remain intact at Mother Emanuel AME.

110 Calhoun Street is one of the best-known addresses in this coastal town and is a well-traveled route by students from the College of Charleston.

Passing by the place of worship connected to last year’s scene of a heinous crime that claimed nine lives brings moments introspection. 

Dylann Roof is accused of opening fire inside the church's Bible Study in June 2015.

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Chavis Tabor attends College of Charleston.

“I think people are looking to that trial for closure,” he said. “I sincerely hope that the families of the victims will definitely find some reconciliation with whatever the outcome of the trial is.” 

Once again, Charleston will be part of the 24-7 news cycle.

Signs that national media is camped out points to that fact. And security outside the federal court appears to be light one day before.

Once Roof is inside; protection will come from Homeland Security agents and local police officers.

The timing of these proceedings comes during the same week that the case against former North Charleston Police officer Michael Slager ended in a mistrial.

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Meanwhile, in downtown Charleston several tributes have popped up as relevant reminders, and among them is a mural dedicated to the former spiritual leader of Mother Emanuel.

The multi-colored image of Reverend Clementa Pinckney provides a symbol of sacrifice along St. Phillip Street.

Greg Colleton manages the Redux art gallery and feels once Roof is out of sight much of the anxiety in this city will be out of mind.

“I think the city needs to get this done, out him away, and we won’t have to be reminded seeing his face constantly in the press,” Colleton said.

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