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.