State Senator Clementa Pinckney was among the 9 reported victims killed in Wednesday night’s shooting, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Pinckney represents 6 counties in South Carolina including Allendale.
The Senator was only 41 years-old, but those who knew him say he was way beyond his years… a wise man.
Pinckney represented District 45 and was a Pastor at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, where the shooting happened.
Allendale locals spent the day mourning the loss of one of their own. Those in Allendale say he represented their community with pride and he will be missed dearly.
“He wanted to make sure that we were not overlooked and neglected so he came often he talked and listened to us,” Professor Wilda Robinson said about the Senator.
Professor Wilda Robinson worked alongside the Senator with the Allendale Democratic Party. She says Pinckney will leave behind a legacy of service to the region.
“He’s already missed, he will be truly missed not only for the work he’s done for us in Allendale, but for the work he’s done in the state,” she said.
She says he had a booming voice that made others want to listen to him.
“Senator Pinckney was a leader among leaders, he was a passionate man about education, and he was truly a servant of the people, it was about us more so than about him,” she explained.
Pearrlstine Capers is a local Pastor who says he shares in the pain and mourning of the victims involved.
“The bible says we are to pray without ceasing for certain things that we are up against will only be resolved through prayer and fasting,” Capers said.
Augusta’s Interfaith Coalition is having a prayer vigil right now at Bethel A-M-E church on Crawford Avenue in Augusta on Thursday.