A South Carolina pastor and politician is being remembered today after he was gunned down last night in a church shooting spree.

State Sen. Clementa Pinckney was among the nine people killed in an attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic African-American church in downtown Charleston.

The 41-year-old state senator also served as the church’s pastor.


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Local pastor Thomas Dixon was on “Fox and Friends” this morning, where he called Pinckney “an extremely honorable individual.”

“He was well-loved in the community, well-known in the community,” he said. “He was just a great guy.”

Dixon said that worshippers should not be deterred from going to church in the wake of this atrocity.

“We live in a violent time right now, and no matter where we go, whether it’s on a street corner, whether it’s at school, whether it’s in a movie theater, or whether it’s at church, violence can visit anyone anywhere in America at any given time,” he said.