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Watch President Obama sing ‘Amazing Grace’ at Rev. Pinckney’s funeral

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during services honoring the life of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, at the College of Charleston TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Eman
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during services honoring the life of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, at the College of Charleston TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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President Barack Obama just captivated the nation through song.

During his heartwarming eulogy in honor of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney — one of the victims in last week’s Charleston shootings — Obama broke out into a solo version of “Amazing Grace.” Church members and those in attendance cheered on the president and joined him in song, CNN reported.

You can see the heartwarming moment in the video below:

Obama’s eulogy centered around the beloved South Carolina reverend.

"We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith," Obama said. "A man who believed in things not seen. A man who believed there were better days ahead, off in the distance. A man of service who persevered knowing full well he would not receive all those things he was promised, because he believed his efforts would provide a better life for those who followed."

Related links:

Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church reopens with prayer, praise and a call for change

Slain S.C. Clementa Pinckney was ‘a giant, a legend’

Pastor, 8 others fatally shot at church in Charleston, SC

Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret News National. Send him an email at hscribner@deseretdigital.com or follow him on Twitter @herbscribner.