South Carolina Senator Killed During Hate Crime At Church

Nine lay dead after a shooter rampaged through a South Carolina church Wednesday.
Among the dead is the church's pastor, whom was also a state senator.
Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney began serving in the State Legislature during 1996 at the age of 23 as a House representative.
In 2000, Pinckney was elected to the state Senate, where he continued to serve until his death yesterday.
His desk was draped in mourning today.
He was one of the youngest elected officials in South Carolina history, and the youngest African American to serve in the State's Legislature.
Pinckney also served as the pastor for the historical Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where yesterday's shooting occurred.
He is survived by his wife Jennifer and their two children - Eliana and Malana.



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