The white supremacist Dylann Roof was sentenced to death on Tuesday January 10th for the slaughtering of nine African American Church members back in June of 2015 in a racial rampage. On June 17th, Dylann joined worshipers at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and opened fire as they closed their eyes to pray.
Roof willingly confessed to the massacre and stated his motive was to ignite a race war. The death of Trayvon Martin in 2012 prompted Roof to research black on white crime. Roof ran a website “The Last Rhodesian” in which he wrote a two thousand word manifesto called “The Explanation” that explained why he targeted Charleston.
“I have no choice,” it reads. “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.”
Twelve jurors recommended Roof be put to death on all eighteen charges Roof has to his name. As the jurors contemplated Roof’s fate, Roof told the jury he had no choice but to kill the nine church members, but he requested his life be spared. Roof will become the first federal hate crime defendant to face the death penalty.Roof has been representing himself throughout the penalty phase and has shown no remorse during the trial. Roof had no reaction as the verdict was reached. Although the death penalty decision has been made, there is not a definite set date.