PRESIDENT TO TRAVEL TO CHARLESTON, S.C. FOR MEMORIAL SERVICE
|| By FITSNEWS || U.S. President Barack Obama will attend funeral services for S.C. Senator Clementa Pinckney – one of the victims of last week’s horrific, racially motivated church shooting in Charleston, S.C.
Obama’s attendance at Pinckney’s memorial service – scheduled for Friday at TD Arena on the campus of the College of Charleston – was announced Monday by the S.C. House Democratic Caucus.
Pinckney, 41, was the pastor at Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, S.C. He and his church were specifically targeted by “Holy City Massacre” suspect Dylann Storm Roof for his murderous rampage. In fact Roof reportedly asked for Pinckney by name and sat next to him at a Bible study at the church for nearly an hour before killing him and eight other people at the church.
Roof – a 21-year-old white supremacist – later told police he almost didn’t go through with the attack because the people at the church had been so nice to him.
Pinckney is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and two children, Eliana and Malana.
First elected to the S.C. House of Representatives in 1997 (at the age of 23), Pinckney served in the State Senate from 2001 until his death. Ironically, he was among those who organized rallies in the aftermath of an April shooting of a black man by a white police officer in North Charleston, S.C.
Obama has paid just one prior visit to the Palmetto State since becoming president – a trip which resulted in S.C. governor Nikki Haley‘s Facebook page blowing up with all sorts of racist rhetoric.
Let’s hope things are calmer this time …
UPDATE: Obama won’t just be attending the event, it turns out he’ll be eulogizing Pinckney.