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Friends, family and loved ones will gather early Friday afternoon to pay their last respects to South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney.
Pinckney, one of nine killed in the June 17 shooting at Charleston?s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was also the pastor of the storied African American house of worship. This week, thousands of people waited in line for hours to say goodbye to the pastor and politician at his public viewing in the South Carolina Statehouse rotunda.
During Friday?s funeral service, President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy for the pastor, who was a personal friend. Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama will also be in attendance.
In an interview just a day after the attack, Obama, who first met Rev. Pinckney during his 2008 presidential campaign, said this about his friend:
“We knew their pastor, Rev…
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