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Mourners wait outside the Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church for the funeral service of Hadiya Pendleton Saturday, Feb. 9, in Chicago. The shooting death of the 15-year-old honor student has drawn attention to the staggering gun violence in the nation's third-largest city. (Associated Press)

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Mourners wait outside the Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church for the funeral service of Hadiya Pendleton Saturday, Feb. 9, in Chicago. The shooting death of the 15-year-old honor student has drawn attention to the staggering gun violence in the nation's third-largest city. (Associated Press)

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Mourners wait outside the Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church for the funeral service of Hadiya Pendleton Saturday, Feb. 9, in Chicago. The shooting death of the 15-year-old honor student has drawn attention to the staggering gun violence in the nation's third-largest city. (Associated Press)

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Michelangelo Payne lights the candles on a birthday cake for volunteer Filomena Machado at Mount Gilead Baptist Church. (The Washington Times)

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Herschelle Adams, of Atlanta, wipes away a tear while watching a broadcast of the inauguration of President Obama with others at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. (Associated Press)

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Cameron Coady, 7, of Philadelphia, Pa., right, helps veterans and veteran supporters use an american flag to block protesters with the Westboro Baptist Church, left, outside the main entrance to Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Arlington, Va., Monday, November 12, 2012. The Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kan., is known for extreme views and have caused an uproar over the past few years for their protests. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Verna Oates (right) and Flora Ford comfort each other outside the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church in Forest Hill, Texas, where an attacker killed the church's pastor on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Verna Oates (right) and Flora Ford comfort each other outside the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church in Forest Hill, Texas, where an attacker killed the church's pastor on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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The Rev. Fred Luter Jr., pastor of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, greets the congregation during services on Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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The Rev. Fred Luter Jr., pastor of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, greets the congregation during services on Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Kenyan McDuffie, a candidate to replace Harry Thomas for Ward 5 city councilmember, comes to cast his vote in the special election with his wife Princess, right, and his two daughters Kesi, 5, and Jozi, 2, at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church on Rhode Island Avenue in northwest, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Anna Taylor (above, right) signs in at the Mount Bethel Baptist Church voting station in Northwest to cast her vote in a special election Tuesday to replace imprisoned Harry Thomas Jr. as the D.C. Council member from Ward 5. Kenyan McDuffie (left), a candidate to replace Thomas, arrives at the church in the rain to cast his vote. His wife, Princess, and two daughters accompany him. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREW HARNIK/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Anna Taylor (above, right) signs in at the Mount Bethel Baptist Church voting station in Northwest to cast her vote in a special election Tuesday to replace imprisoned Harry Thomas Jr. as the D.C. Council member from Ward 5. Kenyan McDuffie (left), a candidate to replace Thomas, arrives at the church in the rain to cast his vote. His wife, Princess, and two daughters accompany him.

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XXX DON'T USE THIS CAPTION XXX Kenyan McDuffie, a candidate to replace Harry Thomas for Ward 5 city councilmember, comes to cast his vote in the special election with his wife Princess, right, and his two daughters Kesi, 5, and Jozi, 2, at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church on Rhode Island Avenue in northwest, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Kenyan McDuffie, a candidate to replace Harry Thomas for Ward 5 city councilmember, comes to cast his vote in the special election with his wife Princess, right, and his two daughters Kesi, 5, and Jozi, 2, at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church on Rhode Island Avenue in northwest, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Anna Taylor (above, right) signs in at the Mount Bethel Baptist Church voting station in Northwest to cast her vote in a special election Tuesday to replace imprisoned Harry Thomas Jr. as the D.C. Council member from Ward 5. Kenyan McDuffie (left), a candidate to replace Thomas, arrives at the church in the rain to cast his vote. His wife, Princess, and two daughters accompany him. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Anna Taylor, bottom right, signs in at the Mt. Bethel Baptist Church voting station on Rhode Island Avenue in northwest to cast her vote in a special election to replace Harry Thomas for Ward 5 city councilmember, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Volunteer poll worker Linda Johnson, left, helps Kenyan McDuffie, center, a candidate to replace Harry Thomas for Ward 5 city councilmember, cast his vote in the special election with his two daughters Kesi, 5, right, and Jozi, 2, second from left, at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church on Rhode Island Avenue in northwest, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Kenyan McDuffie, a candidate to replace Harry Thomas for Ward 5 city councilmember, comes to cast his vote in the special election with his wife Princess, right, and his two daughters Kesi, 5, and Jozi, 2, at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church on Rhode Island Avenue in northwest, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Pedro Mojica, right, a volunteer with the Kenyan McDuffie campaign, spends the rainy early Tuesday morning waving signs in support of McDuffie for a special election to replace Harry Thomas for Ward 5 city councilmember at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church on Rhode Island Avenue in northwest, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)