June 19, 2015 / 8:48 PM / 4 years ago

Obama says 'goodness' of America shines through South Carolina victims' families

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks in reaction to the shooting deaths of nine people at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, from the podium in the press briefing room of the White House in Washington June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday said in a tweet that the “goodness” of the American people was illustrated in the response of the families of shooting victims killed Wednesday in a South Carolina church.

“In the midst of darkest tragedy, the decency and goodness of the American people shines through in these families,” Obama said in a tweet from his personal Twitter account.

The tweet referred to a news report that one family member of a Charleston shooting victim told the alleged shooter in court: “I forgive you.”

Reporting by and Julia Edwards and Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Eric Beech

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