A Federal Jury has sentenced unrepentant white supremacist, ‘Dylann Roof’ to death following the ‘Charleston Church Massacre’ that occurred nineteen (19) months ago.
In December 2016, the jury consisting of nine whites and three blacks found Dylann Roof guilty of 33 counts charge for the murder of nine African-American members at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. [Read here if you missed it]
After three hours of deliberation on Tuesday, 10th January 2017, the jury finally sentenced the 22-year to death.
Upon the sentencing, the family of Dylann Roof released a statement sympathizing with the families of the deceased and expressing their remorse for their child’s actions.
The statement read;
"We will always love Dylann. We will struggle as long as we live to understand why he committed this horrible attack, which caused so much pain to so many good people. We wish to express the grief we feel for the victims of his crimes, and our sympathy to the many families he has hurt. We continue to pray for the Emmanuel AME families and the Charleston community".
Roof's lawyers also sympathized with the families of the deceased.
"We want to express our sympathy to all of the families who were so grievously hurt by Dylann Roof’s actions. Today’s sentencing decision means that this case will not be over for a very long time. We are sorry that, despite our best efforts, the legal proceedings have shed so little light on the reasons for this tragedy".
‘Melvin Graham’ who is the sister of one of the victims, Cynthia Hurd, 54, welcomed the sentencing.
"It’s a hard thing to know that someone is going to lose their life, but when you look at the totality of what happened, it’s hard to say that person deserves to live when nine others don’t. How do you justify saving one life when you took nine, and in such a brutal fashion?"
The sentence marks the end of the case which has been on since the horrific incident took place on June 17th, 2015.