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 / Updated  / Source: Associated Press

Parishioners cleaned a room in the basement of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church on Sunday where a pastor and eight others were killed in a mass shooting earlier in the week.

The congregation at the church swayed and sang, prayed and welcomed the world into their sanctuary, holding the first worship service since a white gunman was accused of opening fire during a Bible study group.

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Waltrina Middleton, right, cousin of shooting victim DePayne Doctor, embraces Claudia Lawton in the room in the basement where a mass shooting occurred at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church four days ago.David Goldman / AP