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Hundreds Accompany Casket of Late NJ Congressman Payne

Hundreds of Newark residents have accompanied the casket of Congressman Donald Payne to the city church where he will be eulogized.

NJ Congressman Donald Payne (Karen Bleier, Getty Images)

About 300 people followed the horse-drawn carriage on a half-mile route from a funeral home to the Metropolitan Baptist Church on Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds more lined the streets.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The 77-year-old Payne passed away last week from colon cancer. He had been undergoing treatment in Washington and was flown to New Jersey days before he died.

The 12-term Democrat became New Jersey’s first black congressional member in 1988. He was a member of House committees on education and foreign affairs and served as chairman of the House subcommittee on Africa.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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