Dylann Roof got the death penalty for killing nine black church members in North Carolina last year.
“They welcomed a 13th person that night … with a kind word, a Bible, a handout and a chair,” Richardson said during his closing argument. “He had come with a hateful heart and a Glock .45.”
These are the words of U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson. He’s describing Dylann Roof’s murder of nine black church members in Emanuel AME Church, the oldest black church in the South.
The massacre happened while members were studying the Bible. Roof came into the Church and opened fire.
“I still feel like I had to do it,” Roof told the jurors a few hours before the verdict was read.
Dylan Roof is a 22-yeard old white supremacist. He killed the church members in cold blood.
At this trial, he was his own attorney. Not once during the whole process, did he show any regrets or remorse.
In his murderous rampage, Roof killed Reverend Clementa Pinckney. Pinckner was a state senator and the pastor of the church.
Their families offered forgiveness to Roof, but he denied it.
“I have the right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I’m not sure what good it would do anyway,” he said during the trial.
And after this situation, during the reading of the verdict, he was standing in defiance and pride, realizing that he will be executed.
Opposite to him, members of the victim’s families were grieving and crying.
Roof wanted to bring back segregation and glorify racism, after the shooting was done.
He never explained why he did such a monstrous thing, and what the motives were that led to this bloodshed.
During the trial, he didn’t want to call any witnesses in his defense. He didn’t have any evidence or something that could help him with reducing the sentence.
That night, when everyone’s eyes were closed, during a final prayer, Roof opened fire. He didn’t even stop when the victims were dead. He stood above their bodies, continuing to shoot into their dead bodies.
Dylann Roof: Mental Condition
Along with this sentence, Roof was convicted last month for 33 federal charges. Among them, he was convicted of a hate crime.
When he was asked about his mental condition, he said he wasn’t ill. He also said psychology is a Jewish invention.
The most recent death penalty was given to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who activated a bomb during the Boston marathon in 2015.