It is hard to put into words the profound sense of loss I feel at
the death of my friend Clementa Pinckney. I spoke with him earlier
in the day that he was killed, and I was met with his usual smile
and warmth. He was a force for good in the Senate that will be
greatly missed. In looking back at his life, I am reminded of a
saying written in a Churchyard in Charleston: "We live in deeds, not
years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings not figures on a dial.
He lives most who thinks the most, feels the noblest, does the
best." If we measures Clementa's forty one years in terms of his
deeds, he lived a full life indeed. I am confident that he can now
join Paul in saying, "I have fought the good fight. I have finished
the race. I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7) It was truly an
honor and blessing to serve with him in the Senate.