With the capture of Dylann Roof, the man accused of opening fire and killing nine people and injuring three inside a black church, comes the long and painful healing process.

Dozens of mourners came together Thursday night in Union Square in honor of those killed in Wednesday’s shooting spree. 

“I hope these gatherings ignite in people the commitment to do this work long term,” said Linda Sarsour of New York Justice League who attended Thursday’s vigil. “This isn’t a one time vigil. You need to be committed to ending racism particularly against black sisters and brothers. You got to be in it 100% and ask yourself: What am I willing to risk?

Richard Price, a clergyman and adjunct professor spoke to the crowd and urged them to continue to rally and protest. 

Those who attended the vigil, joined arms, read poems and held placards to protest against racism and police brutality.