South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham plan to call for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the state Capitol, sources told NBC News on Monday. Meanwhile, political and religious leaders in the state urged lawmakers to vote to remove the flag as early as Tuesday in tribute to the nine people gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston last week. Authorities have said the shooting was a hate crime, and a white supremacist website that may be linked to shooter Dylann Roof shows images that apparently show him holding the flag.
"This act will do something very personal," Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said on Monday. Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III, a National Action Network and NAACP official, called for the flag to come down before Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, who was a state senator, lies in state on Wednesday. He was the pastor of Emanuel AME and one of the nine victims of Wednesday's shooting.
"We should not go another week with that symbol of hate that was adored by the man who killed them to sit in front of the people's house," Rivers said.
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