Thousands of people waited in line for hours to say goodbye to the pastor and politician at the South Carolina State House. Those in attendance included state Governor Nikki Haley and Angela Clyburn Hannibal, the daughter of U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn. Due to the scorching heat, the American Red Cross handed out water and assisted supporters. The viewing was scheduled to end at 5 p.m., but continued until 6 p.m. due to the vast amount of supporters.
Pinckney was one of nine people killed in the shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week. Authorities are investigating the shooting as a hate crime after suspected gunman Dylann Roof admitted he intentionally wanted to kill Black people.
Pinckney’s wife and two daughters showed strength throughout the viewing, as they hugged supporters and friends of the late pastor. Six-year-old Malana and her mother Jennifer were inside the church when the gunman opened fire during bible study. The couple also has an 11-year-old daughter, Eliana.
Photos of fellow shooting victims Cynthia Hurd, Suzy Jackson, Ethel Lance, Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Summons Sr, Myra Thompson and Sharonda Coleman-Singleton were also presented by their families during the viewing.
Supporters said they didn’t mind the long lines and heat. Showing their love and admiration for the beloved politician was well worth it.
“I knew it was going to be hot, but I’m ready. I want to pay respects to a wonderful person like him,” said Maria Coco Saavedra of Lexington, S.C. “This line is amazing. We are all colors, all nationalities, waiting here in line peacefully, talking to each other, which is wonderful and peace is what need in this world.”
Two more viewings will take place this week — one from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at St. John AME Church on Tillman Road in Ridgeland, and another from 6-8 p.m. at Emanuel AME Church.
The funeral, which President Barack Obama will eulogize, takes place on Friday at College of Charleston’s TD Arena. Vice president Joe Biden will also be in attendance.
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20 Pictures That Show The Powerful Resilience Of Charleston's Mother Emanuel AME Church
1. Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first service since the shooting death of nine African-American church members on June 17.Source:Alex Colby 1 of 20
2. People line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 2 of 20
3. Two children wait to enter the Emanuel AME Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 3 of 20
4. A member of the church is seen outside of Emanuel AME before its first service since the Charleston shooting.Source:Getty 4 of 20
5. A Charleston County sheriff's deputy checks bags as people line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 5 of 20
6. Gloria Moore watches the church as parishioners take their seats at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 6 of 20
7. A woman prays as she attends the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 7 of 20
8. People pray and listen to the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 8 of 20
9. Parishioners sit at Emanuel AME Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of its pastor and eight others.Source:Getty 9 of 20
10. The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.Source:Getty 10 of 20
11. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., embraces U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., at Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 11 of 20
12. A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 12 of 20
13. The congregation departs following Sunday services at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 13 of 20
14. A family is seen leaving Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:Getty 14 of 20
15. People embrace as they depart the Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:Getty 15 of 20
16. Church members comfort one another after Emanuel's first service since the Charleston shooting.Source:Alex Colby 16 of 20
17. Church members comfort one another outside of Emanuel.Source:Alex Colby 17 of 20
18. A mother and son surround a memorial for the nine church members killed during the Charleston shooting.Source:Alex Colby 18 of 20
19. Charleston natives comfort each other during the church's first service since the shooting on June 17.Source:Alex Colby 19 of 20
20. Activist DeRay McKesson is seen outside of Emanuel AME church.Source:Alex Colby 20 of 20
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