Executing an Executioner

McKenzie See- Holbrooke, Staff Writer

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On Wednesday January 11th, 2017 Dylann Roof was sentenced to death after perpetrating a horrific crime back in 2015. Roof committed what was said to be a hate crime against nine African American individuals inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church with whom he had prayed and read verses from the Bible moments before the crime took place.

Dylann Roof went into a historic African American church on June 17th, 2015 and shot ten people killing nine of them and injuring one. One of his victims looked up at him during the shooting and pleaded for him to stop. Roof replied with “No, you’ve raped our women, and you are taking over the country, I have to do what I have to do,” and then he shot the man again.

Roof claimed in the manifesto to have developed his white supremacist views after reading about the shooting of Trayvon Martin and “black on white crime.”

He later told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that “he committed the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war.” He believed that African Americans should be separated from caucasians and that whites were superior. After Roof committed the murders it is stated that he entered another african american church planning on firing again but the church was empty. He thought what he had done was right and was helping our country.  “I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.”    

Dylann Roof said this after he was taken into custody after the shooting. Roof was convicted of 33 federal hate crimes in late December.

On the day that Dylann Roof was sentenced to death he was smiling in the courtroom as if he did not even care about what he had done. The entire time Roof was on trial he showed no emotion. No remorse for what he had done. He did not care about taking away nine lives from innocent people just attending a church service like they would have done on any other Sunday.

Now that Dylann Roof has been sentenced to death maybe the nine victims families of his horrendous crime will be finally at peace. We will always remember Cynthia Hurd,  Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.,Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson as victims of this horrific crime.

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