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Pastor gunned down in church massacre lies in state in South Carolina

A horse-drawn caisson carried the body of pastor and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney to the South Carolina Statehouse where hundreds of mourners lined up to pay their final respects.

Pinckney, 41, was also a pastor at the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where nine people at a bible study class were shot dead allegedly by Dylann Roof. Mrs Pinckney and her youngest daughter managed to hide under a desk in an office during the massacre and call 911.

The couple were also parents to an older daughter, Eliana, who is 11.

The caisson transporting her father’s body was flanked by two police cars with their lights on.

Around 100 members of the public stood in line along the side of the Statehouse near the Confederate flag.

Gloria Wingard, 66, of Columbia, had been there since 9.30am. ‘I’m here to honor him and the things that he’d done,’ she said.

Source: Pastor gunned down in church massacre lies in state in South Carolina

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