Funerals held for three more church shooting victims
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP):
Funerals for three more victims of a deadly shooting during a Bible study group in South Carolina were held yesterday at the church where they were slain.
But a controversy over the Confederate flag threatened to steal the headlines. Hundreds turned out in Alabama to reject calls for the flag to be taken down from official buildings.
Services were first held for 54-year-old Cynthia Hurd at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, 11 days after a gunman entered the church and killed her and eight other people - all African-Americans. Police contend that the attack was racially motivated.
Funerals for Tywanza Sanders, 26, and Susie Jackson, 87, took place at the church later in the day.
The funerals follow one last Friday for another victim, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the church's pastor, whose eulogy was delivered in person by President Barack Obama.