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.