Allen and Georgette Sanders pray outside the Emanuel AME Church at the memorial on the sidewalk in front of the church, Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. MARIETTA DAILY OUT
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Mourners arrived in Charleston from around the United States Saturday to pay their respects to nine black churchgoers killed in an attack this week, with services planned throughout the day ahead of a rally in the state capital later in the evening.Crowds began to gather at the Emanuel African Methodist Church, the site of Wednesday's killings in downtown Charleston, early Saturday morning. At the memorial site in front of the church, the oldest African-American congregation in the southern United States, flowers were laid six feet deep in places.Monte Talmadge, a 63-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, drove nearly 300 miles (480 km) overnight from Raleigh, North Carolina, and sat in a camping chair across the street from the church.The bloodshed in Charleston is the latest in a series of fatal mass shootings in the United States.
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