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Funeral for Charleston massacre clergyman Pinckney

Thousands of mourners joined in song, sorrow and applause before President Barack Obama's eulogy for nine black church-goers who were slain in a racially motivated attack in a black church.

The church's choir, hundreds strong, led roughly 6,000 people in a medley of spiritual standards as the funeral began for the Rev Clementa Pinckney, the pastor killed in the attack.

State Senator Gerald Malloy, Pinckey's lawyer, promised to take care of his two daughters and keep pressing on issues Pinckney cared about, such as social justice.

He also urged the crowd to keep working for the racial and political unity Charleston has experienced since the shootings.

"Let us not close the doors that Sen Pinckney gave his life for us to open," he said.

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