Dylann Roof Charged With Killing 9; Friends Say He Wanted To 'Start a Race War'
In a Charleston courtroom, the church massacre shooter appeared before a judge via video link. What followed was pure drama as one by one, grieving families were allowed to direct statements at Dylann Roof.
One victim's family member said, "You hurt a lot of people. May God forgive you. I forgive you."
Another family member who lost a loved one said, "You took something very precious away from me. I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you."
Twenty-one-year-old Dylann Roof has reportedly confessed and his motive was to start a race war.
Roof's friends said he was obsessed with the Ferguson, Missouri, riots and the Trayvon Martin case.
Joseph Meek Jr. told the Today show, "He was just saying how he didn't agree with the Trayvon Martin case and how he wanted segregation. How he wanted white be with white and black be with black."
Roof, in chains, prison stripes and a bulletproof vest, was extradited from North Carolina back to South Carolina following his arrest.
Roof is being held in a solitary-confinement cell right next to Michael Slager, the cop accused of murdering Walter Scott. Thomas is in 1140B, Roof is in 1141B.
In a disturbing cell phone video taken moments before the shooting, Rev. Clementa Pinckney could be heard leading the Bible study group, while in the corner was the gunman, Dylann Roof. The heart- wrenching video was shot by one of the victims, 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham revealed on The View that his niece knows Roof. He said, “My niece went to school with him.”
One young man also went to school with Roof and, believe it or not, his name is also Dylan Roof, but with one "N." The killer spells Dylann with two "N's."
The other Dylan Roof said he's been mistaken for the killer this time, too. “I've had previous experiences where I’ve been mixed up with him for things. I was getting a lot of hate messages directed at me because of the mix-up.”
The accused killer Dylann Roof reportedly told police he almost didn't go through with the massacre because the worshippers were so friendly to him.
Roof may have been scoping out a shopping mall near his home before settling on the historic church as his target. He was taken into custody two months ago, after stepping into the Bath and Body Works store and asking "out of the ordinary questions" like, "how many (people) were working" there. He was "speaking very nervously" when cops interrogated him, and he told them his parents were "pressuring him to get a job," according to the police report.
With the whole of America in shock and mourning over the massacre, Jon Stewart opted to forego any humorous comments in his monologue on The Daily Show on Thursday. “I got nothing for you in terms of jokes and sounds because of what happened in South Carolina.”
Meanwhile, the shooting has set off a war of words between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Clinton denounced Trump's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants when he declared his candidacy for president. He said, "They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. They are rapists. Some, I believe are good people."
She said, "Public discourse is sometimes hotter and more negative than it should be, which can, in my opinion, trigger someone who is less than stable."
Trump fired back, posting this on Instagram:
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