Palmetto Sunrise: Going home

Senators praying together the morning after learning their colleague, Sen. Clementa Pinckney, was one of those killed June 17 in a shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s lawmakers will be saying their final goodbye this morning to fallen Rev. and Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

His last homegoing service is scheduled to start at 11 a.m., at the TD Arena, 301 Meeting St., at the College of Charleston. Pinckney was among nine shot and killed at Emanuel AME Church on June 17.

President Barack Obama will deliver Pinckney’s eulogy at the funeral. First lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, his wife, Jill Biden, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are also scheduled to attend. The Obamas knew Pinckney and have other friends in Emanuel AME Church, The Post and Courier’s Tony Bartelme reported.

Because their presence complicates the logistics of attending, state lawmakers have expressed both excitement and frustration. Instead of arriving in their personal vehicles, many, including statehouse staff, are scheduled to be bused into Charleston from Columbia. A separate bus is expected to pick up lawmakers who are already in Charleston.

The line to attend today’s service started at 3:30 a.m.

Related:

Pinckney’s cousin on viewing turnout at his church: ‘This is the result of their love’ (The Post and Courier)

Police asking for patience, planning during Pinckney’s funeral (The Post and Courier)

At funeral for Ethel Lance, family says she is ‘symbol of love’ (The Post and Courier)

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton ‘believed she could change every child’ (The Post and Courier)

Jesse Jackson in Charleston calls for ‘Southern Civil Rights Manifesto’ (The Post and Courier)

In other news:

McConnell backs removal of Confederate flag; Civil War descendants vow fight (The Post and Courier)

Legislature scheduled to tackle vetoes, Confederate flag July 6 (The Post and Courier)

Legislature called back to session as poll shows support building to remove Confederate flag (The Post and Courier)

Walker: Haley asked that he not talk about Confederate flag (The Associated Press)

North Charleston officer fired for posing in rebel flag underwear (The Post and Courier)

After the Confederate flag, statues and monuments also get a second look (The Post and Courier)

Christie expected to announce presidential run (The Associated Press)

Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies (The Post and Courier)