Dylann Roof Gets Death Penalty For Racially Motivated Charleston Church Shooting

Dylann Storm Roof In 2015 [Press Photo]

The Horrific Crime

Authorities say Roof sat alongside his victims for about an hour inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston before opening fire.

“In that moment, a man of immense hatred walked that room shooting person after person after person, stopping only so he could reload more magazines and kill more people,” assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Williams told the jury in December.

“It was an act of tremendous cowardice, shooting people as they have their eyes closed in prayer, shooting them on the ground.”

The victims were: Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Cynthia Hurd, 54; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Ethel Lance, 70; Myra Thompson, 59; and Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74.

Prosecutors said Roof planned the massacre carefully, scouting the church nearly two years before the attack and even traveling six times from his home 90 minutes away in Eastover, South Carolina.

He has admitted that he hoped to start a race war, according to the New York Times.

There is “no room in a civilized society for hatred, racism and discrimination,” Hurd’s brother Graham told the AP.