Senate unveiling portrait of murdered SC Sen. Clementa Pinckney

Sen. Clementa Pinckney

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The pastor and state senator shot to death at a Charleston church last year is being remembered as his portrait is unveiled in the South Carolina Senate Chambers.

Sen. Clementa Pinckney was pastor at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. He was killed along with eight others during a Bible study June 17.

Pinckney had also been a Senator since 2001.

His portrait was to be unveiled Wednesday afternoon. Artist Larry Lebby was chosen to for Pinckney’s portrait. Lebby has also done Statehouse paintings of South Carolina civil rights heroes Benjamin E. Mays and Modjeska Simkins.

The suspect in the shootings, Dylann Roof, could face a death sentence. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that they will seek the death sentence if he is convicted. State prosecutors are also seeking the death penalty.

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