Parishioners Clean Site of Grisly Church Killings

 / Updated  / Source: Associated Press
Image: Parishioners clean a room in the basement
Parishioners clean a room in the basement of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church on June 21, in Charleston, S.C.David Goldman / AP

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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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Image: Waltrina Middleton, right, cousin of shooting victim DePayne Doctor, embraces Claudia Lawton
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

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