Thousands pay respect as state Sen. Pinckney lies in state at S.C. Statehouse

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It’s a solemn day at the South Carolina Statehouse as thousands of people line up to pay their respects to Senator Clementa Pinckney. Many of them receiving a card with a picture of him from the funeral home. All them agree that they just want South Carolina to move forward.

One week after being murdered in his Charleston church, Senator Clementa Pinckney lay in state at the South Carolina Statehouse.

Pinckney’s body was carried to the Statethouse by a horse-drawn wagon called a Caisson.

Thousands of people waited in line to see him, including businessman Bill Mahoney who says he met Pinckney several times.

“He was truly someone who was committed to the cause of improving the lives of all South Carolinians,” said Mahoney.

That message was clear.

The Red Cross and members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity passed out water to those waiting in line in the nearly 100 degree heat.

Marcus Simon said, “This tragedy started off with hate and the intention was hate to bring upon more hate, but in all actuality love conquered all.”

Beefed up security could be seen on the statehouse grounds. The controversy of the confederate flag lingers. Two women stood in silent protest with a sign that reads “A New Day. A New Way. #take it down.”

“We wanted to move forward in a positive way from this day where we can begin to dismantle racism in our country,” said Joanne Andrews, a Confederate flag protester.

A conversation moving beyond South Carolina, coming to light after the the murder of a man who served his state.

The funeral for Senator Clementa Pinckney is Friday at TD Arena in Charleston.

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