Many travel to Charleston to pay respect to Emanuel 9

Many travel to Charleston to pay respect for nine killed in church shooting

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Crowds continued to gather on Calhoun Street after the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney Friday afternoon.

Throughout the day people who didn't attend the funeral made their way to Mother Emanuel AME where Pinckney and eight others died over a week ago.

Many traveled from all around to give support to the families who lost a loved one.

"We will continue to be divine, the word will continue to go on," said Dr. Valerie from Camden."The lives that God has received, are lives that we all should be working towards."

Singing could also be heard as "Spirit of the Living God" echoed along Calhoun Street.

Many ministers walked about, speaking with others about the events that happened over a week ago, preaching to each individual about God's plan for us.

"He's going to prepare a place for us, but he never tells us when he's coming back," said Dr. Valerie."They were in the house of worship, studying, to show thy self approved. They were studying, they were preparing to be with the Lord."

"It's just really really overwhelming for everyone right now, but we're going to make it through with the help of God," said Jason Cordes, a local photographer.

Cordes just so happened to take the photo that covered the program handed out at Rev. Pinckney's funeral. Cordes says he's humbled to see the recent photograph of the pastor being shown to the community, and the response from it.

"It's all about unity right now," Cordes said."It's just us loving each other and just being great citizens."

Rev. Jesse Jackson could also be seen walking the streets in front of Emanuel AME.

Jackson is expected to speak at several church services in the area this Sunday.

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