(NBC NEWS) – The casket carrying the body of Clementa Pinckney made its way through the streets of Columbia Wednesday, pulled by a horse-drawn carriage from a funeral home to the South Carolina State House rotunda.
One of nine people gunned down last week during a Bible study at Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church where he was pastor, Pinckney was also a member of South Carolina’s State Senate.
“He cared about the people of South Carolina whether you are black, white, rich, or poor, whether you are from the Upstate or Low Country, he was a true South Carolina state senator,” said aide Antoine Seawright.
Lying in state in the rotunda, Pinckney’s body was viewed by a steady flow of mourners.
The viewing was just down the hall from the House and Senate, who’ve agreed to consider removing the confederate flag from Statehouse grounds. The flag was still flying at full staff outside the capitol during the viewing, but black drapes hung inside prevented mourners from seeing it.
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