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Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death for Murder of 9 Black Church Members



Dylann Roof

Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter who killed 9 black Emmanuel AME Church members in June 2015 has been sentenced to death for his crime.

The jury reached the decision that the 22-year-old would be executed after 3 hours of deliberations.

Roof was convicted of 33 federal charges, including murder and hate crimes last month.

The Justice Department says he is the first person to get the death penalty for federal hate crimes.

During the sentencing, Roof represented himself, and without remorse, told jurors that he didn’t have a mental illness.

“I felt like I had to do it. I still feel like I have to do it,” he told jurors.


A federal jury has sentenced Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black church members in a racially motivated attack in 2015.


He also told FBI agents, during interrogation, that he wanted to bring back segregation or perhaps start a race war with the slayings.

His family offered a brief statement upon sentencing.

“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,” the family stated.

“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,” his lawyers also stated.


  1. andtherewasone

    January 11, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Things may not be good with our country but sometimes u just got to love naija. WHY? cuz u hardly see psychos like this. East to west, home is best

    • kay

      January 11, 2017 at 10:34 am

      You no dey read news? Kidnappings, ritual killings, political killings, inadvertent killing of millions of Nigerians by politicians through neglect of the health system, husband stabs wife etc. Please, let’s be honest with ourselves

    • gia

      January 11, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Fortunately there are still people like you in that country!

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 11, 2017 at 10:39 am

      You hardly see them because the security and intelligence systems are both incapable of tracking the people who do these things. They remain out of the spotlight and commit their crimes with ease. Also, the media is quite inept at covering and investigating stories like that.
      There are many gruesome murders psychotic killers that never make it to the news in Nigeria.

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 11, 2017 at 10:40 am

      *Murders and

    • Lailatu

      January 11, 2017 at 10:59 am

      What do you call BH members if not pschotic killers? Or the killer herdsmen wiping out communities?

    • The Bull

      January 11, 2017 at 11:04 am

      lol are you trolling? Nigeria that we don’t value human life? how much avoidable cases of blood shed do we have in a week? if its not religious, it is political or for money kidnapping, ritualists etc. Jungle justice.

  2. Benson Ossai

    January 11, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Hatred brings division.This guy not only caused pains to the victim’s families but also to his loved ones as well.From his statement in court he seems to be a die hard.Rot in hell man.

  3. BB

    January 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Justice served!

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