Body of South Carolina Pastor Clementa Pinckney lying in state; remembered as the voice for the voiceless

Body of South Carolina Pastor Clementa Pinckney lying in state remembered as the voice for the voiceless

Hours before State Sen. Clementa Pinckney was shot dead by a deranged gunman during a Bible study meeting inside a storied Charleston, S.C., church, he lobbied for funding for foster children and went into his wallet to pull out $20 to give to a colleague collecting for a gift for senate janitors.

“Clem wasn’t a rich person,” State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who sat behind him in the Senate, told The Post and Courier. “But the last time I saw him, he was giving.”

Such recollections of Pinckney, 41, have been pouring in since he and eight others were killed by a gunman last Wednesday inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The body of the revered pastor and statesman is lying in state inside the Columbia capitol building until 5 p.m. A horse-drawn caisson carrying Pinckney’s body arrived at the Statehouse just before 1 p.m. so visitors can pay their respects.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/06/24/south-carolina-pastor-clementa-pinckney-to-lie-in-state-remembered-as-voice-for/

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