COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC/WIS) - Days of mourning for the South Carolina state senator who died in the Charleston church shooting began Wednesday.
A horse drawn carriage carried the body of Sen. Clementa Pinckney to the State House for an afternoon viewing.
The procession to honor Pinckney began at Leevy's Funeral Home in Columbia. Many people lined the streets just to get a glimpse of the procession as it made its way by as the late senator made his way to the State House one last time.
The procession also began near several spots that made up Pinckney's life. Down Taylor Street from the funeral home is Allen University, where the late senator and pastor earned a degree in business administration and was voted by Ebony Magazine as on the top college students in America.
Pinckney's body was placed in the lying in state for a public viewing at the South Carolina State House. There beginning in 1996, he served as a member of the State House of Representatives and later Senate, being one of the youngest African Americans ever elected.
Most of all, Pinckney was a pastor who answered the call to preach at the age of 13, and most recently served as the leader of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, the place where he ultimately was killed.
Those who stopped to watch the procession said it's all part of a life that the late senator deserves to be honored for.