Maxwell reacts to the Charleston shooting

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Pos: DB   Height: 6-1   Weight: 205   Hometown: North Charleston, SC (Fort Dorchester HS)  
Years Played: 2006 - 2010

The Charleston shooting that took 9 lives at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on Wednesday has deeply saddened former Clemson defensive back Bryon Maxwell.

Maxwell's hometown of North Charleston is only ten minutes from the shooting and he was raised in the historic church.

"That could've been my family," Maxwell told Sporting News. "That's my family, my people; that's where I come from. I grew up in the AME church. It could've easily happened to someone I know."

"It has taken me until this year and last year to really understand I have a voice with the position I'm in," Maxwell said. "I'm in a leadership position. Everybody doesn't have to talk, but if you have an opinion, you should share it."

Maxwell is frustrated about the death of so many innocent people. "That's what it feels like," he said, "like it's OK to kill African-Americans and nothing is being done about it."

He will be donating money to the families of the shooting victims and also holding a charity bowling event in Charleston on June 27th.

"I don't have the answers," he said. "We have to spread love. As black people, start loving each other. I'm not talking about a movement or black power. I'm talking about just treating everyone like you want to be treated and respecting each other."

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