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Body of Rep. Elijah Cummings Will Lie in State at US Capitol

The body of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington this week.

Cummings died at age 68 on Oct. 17 from complications concerning longstanding health issues, his office said.

Cummings will lie in repose at Morgan State University on Oct. 23, the university said. Details of the public viewing were expected to be released on Monday.

“Morgan State University is deeply saddened by the loss of one our fiercest advocates and supporters,” President David Wilson said in a statement after Cummings death. “Beyond serving on the Universitys Board of Regents, Rep. Cummings was not only a dear friend to Morgan, he was family. His wisdom, wise counsel and superb leadership will be greatly missed. I will miss him personally.”

Cummingss body will lie in state at the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol on Oct. 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said.

A formal ceremony will be held Thursday morning, which will be open to Members of Congress, the Cummings family, and invited guests. Following the memorial service, there will be a public viewing.

Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on Aug. 7, 2019. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
A woman looks at flowers and messages outside of the office of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) a day after the congressman died Oct. 18, 2019, in Catonsville, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

“In the House, Elijah was our North Star,” Pelosi said in a statement after the lawmakers death. “He was a leader of towering character and integrity, whose stirring voice and steadfast values pushed the Congress and country to rise always to a higher purpose. His principled leadership as Chair of the CoRead More – Source