Dylann Roof has been sentenced to death for the murders of nine black church members during a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof was convicted last month of 33 federal charges, including murder and hate crimes. The jury returned after deliberating over his sentence for about three hours on Tuesday to announce their decision that he should be executed.
He is the first person to face execution for a federal hate crime conviction. When the verdict was read, Roof, who will formally be executed on Wednesday, reportedly showed no emotion.
Roof’s family also issued a statement. ‘We will always love Dylann,’ it said. ‘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 Emanuel AME families and the Charleston community.’