Pulis leads visit to scene of tragedy
TONY Pulis has led Albion’s tour party on a sombre visit to Charleston’s Mother Emanuel church, scene of a terrible ‘lone-gun’ massacre in June.
Albion, who are in Charleston to play the second of three games on their pre-season tour of the US, made the unannounced visit shortly after flying in from Orlando.
The Head Coach led his entire 32-strong party on a walk through Charleston’s ‘downtown’ area before arriving at a church which has now become an international symbol for reconciliation.
It was a show of respect hugely appreciated by the Charleston community and Albion’s hosts for tonight’s game.
Dan Conover, Director of Marketing and Communications for Charleston Battery, said: “Walking over there with these players from England and talking with Brown Ideye was remarkable.
“He asked all the right questions. He said ‘why would someone do this?’
“That’s a question we’ve been trying to answer in Charleston now for about a month.
“And it’s been a remarkable time for the city and the whole country.
“The players were silent, other than asking a few questions, and they were very respectful.
“But I think what I enjoyed the most was watching people that were there – because it’s an impromptu shrine and there is always someone there observing it – asking the Albion players who they were and where they were from.
“When they found out they were from England they were very interested and wanted to know how this was perceived over there.
“Mother Emanuel is now an international symbol and now Albion is part of that.”
The church, just a few streets from the team hotel, has become the a shrine to the nine victims of the June 17 shooting. Dylann Roof, aged 21, faces nine charges of murder and three of attempted murder following the incident.