"We have got some pain we have to go through. Parents are having to explain to their kids how they can go to church and feel safe, and that's not something we ever thought we would deal with," Haley said.

"There is a lot of prayer in this state. The families of the victims need us and the people of South Carolina need us to come together and be strong for what has happened," she added as she battled her emotions during the news conference.

"We allow ourselves to grieve, we allow ourselves to pray, we allow ourselves to question why this happens and then we allow ourselves to heal," the Governor expressed.

Nine people, including pastor-cum-state senator Clementa Pinckney, were shot dead during an attack inside a historic church on Wednesday night.

The police arrested a 21-year-old white male on the charges of killing people. "We can now tell our children that that person is in custody and we can now not only lift up our law-enforcement communities but thank them and give them the credit they deserve and the courage that they deserve," Haley added.

"But I want to remind everybody, South Carolina has stepped up in a way that continues to make me proud," she said.

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