Tyler Perry Went To AME Church: “It Could Have Been Any Of Us”

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Tyler Perry AME Church Shooting

By Shari Weiss |

Tyler Perry AME Church Shooting

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Tyler Perry says he grew up going to African Methodist Episcopal Churches, just like the one in Charleston where a gunman opened fire and killed nine people on Wednesday.

As Gossip Cop has reported, suspect Dylann Storm Roof allegedly fatally shot members of the Emanuel AME Church during a prayer meeting. There’s nearly a hundred AME churches throughout the United States, including in Louisiana, where Perry grew up. The star took to Twitter on Thursday to share his personal grief and shock.

“I grew up in the AME Church. My aunt and uncle are pastors and a bishop in the church,” Perry wrote in the first of a series of tweets. He went on, “I know these kinds of prayer meetings well and I’ve been in a lot of them! It could have been any of us!”

“The AME church, so close to home for me, so personal. What do you do when you think prayer is not enough? You pray some more…,” continued Perry. He concluded, “My heart and soul go out to the families of Emmanuel AME church!!”

As Gossip Cop reported, President Obama spoke of the historic significance of the Emanuel AME Church, one of the oldest in the South, during his press conference earlier Thursday. And, as previously noted, like Perry, many other stars have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the tragedy. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates.


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