Mourners gather for funerals of two killed in church shooting

Church for Rev. Singleton's funeral.

CHARLESTON, SC – Hundreds of mourners filed past the casket of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, the second Charleston church shooting victim to be laid to rest.

Those attending at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church were screened by officers who searched each bag at the door. Police officers were posted on the road and at various entry points around the large church complex along one of the major thoroughfares in North Charleston.

Coleman-Singleton, 45, was a track coach at Goose Creek High School and a minister at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church. She and eight others were shot to death June 17 while attending a Bible study at the church.

11:20 a.m.

Soloists and a full choir are singing and Scripture passages were read at the first funeral held for a victim of the massacre at a historic black church in South Carolina.

Ethel Lance’s funeral was held Thursday at a North Charleston church. Her body, dressed in white, lies in a casket with a spray of white roses on the casket, flanked by other floral displays.

Members of “Mother Emanuel,” the Charleston church where Lance and the eight others were killed, were asked to stand.

They said: “Sister Lance, we are here! Mother Emanuel, we are here!”

That church’s choir sang the opening hymn, “When I’ve Gone the Last Mile”

Among those are the funeral are Gov. Nikki Haley, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley., US Rep. Mark Sanford, Greenville native the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Funerals for the other seven victims of last week’s shooting are set for other days over the next week.

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