Pain and love join two cities in aftermath of tragic shootings

The bottom of a poster reveals a message to members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. Girls Preparatory School History Department head Linda Moss Mines contributed the poster signed by more than 250 students.

One summer, two cities -- two senseless slaughters.

Enter a woman whose passion for both places is forging a tangible bond between them.

Anjenet Brown, a city inspector in Chattanooga, fell in love with Charleston, S.C., while planning her wedding there. It felt personal, two weeks later, when a stranger entered the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 17 and shot and killed the pastor and eight members gathered for weekly Bible study.

A month later, on July 16, senseless violence hit again. This time, it was closer to home.

Gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez went on a rampage in Chattanooga, killing five servicemen and attacking two local military centers. Brown was on Amnicola Highway that day, near the military center that saw the worst of the violence.