ITHACA, N.Y. — An aerial photo organized last week by the United Way of Tompkins County and Cayuga Radio Group shows Ithaca’s support for Charleston, which suffered a shooting massacre at a historically black church on June 17.


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The “Ithaca ♥ Charleston” aerial photograph was taken at the Ithaca High School, according to an email from Gary Stewart, Cornell University’s director of Community Relations.

Here’s the description of the event: Community members of every age are invited to Ithaca High School Friday (June 26) morning for a large group message to residents of Charleston, S.C, whose worlds were shattered June 17 after a deadly shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic black church.

And here’s the subsequent photo:

A story in The Post and Courier, the major newspaper of Charleston, republished the photograph on Saturday.

The comments beneath the story speak for themselves:

“Thank you Ithaca for helping us be stronger!”

“Thank you Ithaca for your Love. I live in Goose Creek SC (Charleston Area)”
“What a lovely act of kindness.”

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.