The latest in the Charleston church shooting. (All times local.)


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President Barack Obama delivers the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney during his funeral service, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

President Barack Obama says the pain over the killings of a church pastor and his eight black parishioners cuts much deeper because they were slain at a church.

Obama says church is at the center of African American life. He says it’s a “place to call our own in an often hostile world.”

Obama made the remarks during a eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was one of nine African-Americans shot and killed during a Bible study at a church in Charleson, South Carolina, last week. The suspect charged in the killings, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, is White.

Obama also addressed the symbol of the Confederate flag and said for many it was a reminder of “systemic oppression and racial subjugation.” Roof had been photographed with the flag before the shootings.

Obama broke into song toward the end of his 30-plus minute eulogy, delivering a rendition of “Amazing Grace” to the crowd of 5,000 mourners.


3:10 p.m.

President Barack Obama is delivering a rousing eulogy for a Black man who was among nine who were slain at an African-American church in South Carolina last week.

“The nation shares in your grief,” Obama said Friday during a eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, who was shot and killed during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Eight others also died.

“What a good man,” Obama said. “What an example he set.”

Obama received enthusiastic applause and several standing ovations from the crowd of more than 5,000 mourners. He also called for an end to the display of the Confederate flag. The shooting suspect was seen in photos displaying the flag.

“By taking down that flag, we express God’s grace,” he said.

Obama also decried gun violence in the U.S.


2:20 p.m.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have entered an arena in Charleston, South Carolina, where a funeral is underway for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

The Obamas took seats in the first row of the College of Charleston’s TD Arena. They were accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill. They were seated amid more than 5,000 mourners and joined in the signing of hymns. 

Obama is to deliver a eulogy for Pinckney, who — along with eight other African-Americans — was shot to death at a Charleston church last week. 

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama take their seats at the College of Charleston TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. Friday, June 26, 2015, before the president gave the eulogy during the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney. The president delivered a passionate discourse on America’s racial history Friday in his eulogy for a state senator and pastor, slain along with eight other black churchgoers in what police called a hate crime. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A 21-year-old suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, is charged in their deaths.


1:40 p.m.

President Barack Obama has arrived in Charleston for the funeral of a victim of last week’s shooting at a black church. Nine African-Americans were killed when a gunman opened fire during a Bible study. 

Obama was scheduled to deliver a eulogy Friday afternoon for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Afterward, White House officials said, the president will also meet with the families of the victims. 

Obama met Pinckney in 2007; Pinckney was an early supporter of Obama’s presidential campaign. 

Air Force One touched down at 1:04 p.m. House Speaker John Boehner and first lady Michelle Obama were also on board. White House spokesman Eric Schultz confirmed that it was Boehner’s first flight aboard that aircraft during Obama’s presidency. 

A separate aircraft was to bring a delegation of lawmakers.


12:35 p.m.

Georgia Democrats are calling for an end to state holidays commemorating Confederate history, joining a push across the country to remove the battle flag and other symbols from government buildings after nine African-Americans were fatally shot at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. 

A 21-year-old White man identified by authorities as the shooter has been linked to an online diatribe professing allegiance to White supremacy and displaying the Confederate battle flag. 

At a news conference Friday at the state Capitol in Atlanta, state Sen. Vincent Fort said that he is drafting legislation to prevent any Confederate holidays in Georgia. The state celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on a date determined by the governor to mark the end of the Civil War in Georgia and Confederate History Month. 

The funeral for one of the nine victims, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was being held Friday. He and eight other Blacks were killed June 17 during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. 

President Barack Obama was scheduled to deliver a eulogy.


11:45 a.m.

The funeral has started for one of the nine victims of a shooting at a historic African-American church that authorities have said was racially motivated. 

The funeral for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney follows several hours of singing and mourning Friday at the packed-to-capacity College of Charleston’s TD Arena.

President Barack Obama is expected to speak later to eulogize Pinckney. First lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife will also attend. 

The line of people waiting to get into the funeral stretched for a mile at one point.

Pinckney and eight other blacks were shot to death last week during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. A suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, has been charged in their murders. 

Pinckney was the pastor of the church and also served as a state senator.


11:30 a.m.

Police have announced that the locale for the funeral of one of the nine victims of the Charleston church shooting last week has reached capacity. 

The College of Charleston’s TD Arena was full ahead of the funeral for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Police said they had to turn away hundreds of people who were still standing in a line that stretched several blocks. President Barack Obama was scheduled to deliver a eulogy. 

Some people cried after they were turned away. 

Remote viewings have been set up at county offices, a church in North Charleston and a museum downtown, among other places. 

A band and a choir of several hundred men and women are leading the crowd of roughly 6,000 mourners in a medley of spiritual songs ahead of the funeral.