The beauty that followed this tragedy, however - the peace and unity and justice-serving humanity - has been priceless. Rewarding. And rebuilding of faith and spirit and unison. Not just here in South Carolina, but around the world.
Our president captured that best in his eulogy at Rev. Pinckney's funeral (which was his second visit to our state this year, too) in what we're sure will be recorded as a historic moment in our nation's history.
Let's remember this spirited address - and let's never forget the Charleston 9: