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Thursday, June 18, 2015

NBCSL Mourns the Loss of State Senator Clementa Pinckney (SC) In Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Shooting

June 18, 2015 - South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney was one of nine victims who were tragically killed in a shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Church. Sen. Pinckney had been pastor at the church for five years and was hosting a bible study, when a man sitting in the church opened fire on those attending. Cynthia Hurd, sister of former state Senator Malcom Graham, was also a victim in the shooting. NBCSL President, Sen. Catherine Pugh, issued the following statement:

“The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) deeply mourns the loss of state Senator Clementa Pinckney, this heartbreaking event has shocked an entire community and ended the work of a great politician who was well-regarded in the statehouse. The work Sen. Pinckney was able to accomplish in his 17 years of service in the legislature will continue to be a part of the legacy of this dedicated public servant. We offer our support to the Department of Justice and their investigation into this tragedy as a hate crime. Most importantly, all of our members send our thoughts and prayers to his wife and two daughters. Our hearts also go out to the friends and family of the other victims of this senseless act. Violence against our community is becoming an unfortunate trend, a trend that we have to figure out how to end. Our friends and family members no longer feel safe on the streets, in their cars, and now in their own houses of worship. This incident has struck me as well as others, as a reminder that we still have a long way to go in stamping out racism, hate and intolerance. But we will continue to fight against these acts of brutality to make our communities safer not only for ourselves but for our children.”
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