WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and First Lady Michelle Obama plan to travel to Charleston Friday to attend Reverend Clementa Pinckney's funeral, a White House release says.
The president will deliver Pinckney's eulogy.
Obama and the first lady got to know the slain pastor, who also was state senator, during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Pinckney was an early Obama supporter.
Last week, Obama said the shootings show the need for a national reckoning on gun violence.