South Carolina state Sen. Larry Grooms this morning remembered his friend Clementa Pinckney, the pastor and state senator who was gunned down in last night’s church shooting.

In an emotional “Fox and Friends” interview, Grooms said that the 41-year-old father of two girls was a good man.

“He was my colleague, my friend, but he was also my brother in Christ,” Grooms said.

Grooms added that Pinckney recognized that some things divide Americans, but that the power of prayer can unite the country.


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The state senator remembered his colleague’s booming voice.

“When he spoke, people listened,” Grooms said. “But it was a voice that also had compassion because he loved God, he loved our state, he loved our nation, and he loved his wife and his two little wonderful daughters.”

Grooms, who served alongside Pinckney for 15 years, said he remembered when Pinckney announced the birth of his two daughters on the state Senate floor.

He said that last night’s atrocity is a reminder of the evil that exists.

“These events, they’re just a reminder that evil is in this world, evil is real, whether it touches us at some faraway place or whether it touches us personally with somebody that we know, love and respect.”

Watch the emotional interview above.