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Mourners attend visitation for church shooting victim Ethel Lance

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

People continue to pay their respects for the nine victims from the Emanuel AME church shooting.

A viewing and visitation was held Wednesday for Ethel Lance.

From noon until 4 p.m. the public was able to view and pay their respects to Lance at The Palmetto Mortuary off Morrison Drive in Charleston.

There Lance could be seen wearing a light blue, two-pieced, sequined dress accented by gold jewelry. She appeared at peace as she laid to rest with a slight smile as she held her glasses.

"She is absolutely beautiful," a woman who attended the viewing said.

A visitation was held at Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Some of Lance's grandchildren and a daughter arrived around 6:15 p.m.

Shortly before seven o'clock a school bus arrived filled with several family members.

People from the community filed into the church, signing the guest books up front, to pay their respects to the long time member of Mother Emanuel AME.

Lance was a housekeeper at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium until she retired.

She was a sexton at the church always making sure it was taken care of.

"I didn't know any of these people," a woman who attended the visitation said with tears streaming down her face. "I plan on attending every single one. You just have to."

This woman's statement one example of how much love the city of Charleston has, and how much the community hopes to keep the memories of the Emanuel Nine living on.

Lance's funeral is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Royal Missionary Baptist Church. She will be buried at the Mother Emanuel AME Cemetery.

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