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    US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to Charleston, South Carolina on Friday nearly a week after nine people were slain in a shooting at an African-American church, the White House announced on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Pinckney, a pastor and South Carolina state senator, was among the nine killed last Wednesday when Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire on a bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

    “On Friday, June 26th, the President and Vice President will travel to Charleston, South Carolina to attend the funeral services of Rev. Clementa Pinckney where President Obama will deliver the eulogy,” the White House said.

    Roof, 21, allegedly posted a racist manifesto online prior to the shooting at the historic African-American church.

    US authorities are investigating the shooting as a hate crime.

    Obama in an interview on Monday said racism is still a major issue in the United States.

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