More details are developing about Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old man associated with killing nine black parishioners at a congregation bible study group. CNN is reporting that Rooftop purportedly admitted to police, and said he wanted to begin a race war.
That characterization lines up with articulations made by relatives of the victims, who say Roof told his casualties: “You’ve raped our women, and you are taking control over the nation . . . I need to do what I need to do.” He likewise professedly left one woman alive as an intentional move, “on the grounds that we require a survivor.”
Facebook photographs of Roof delineate him wearing a coat with patches ordinarily connected with white supremacists.
Authorities told CNN that Roof as of late purchased a .45 caliber firearm, however it is vague whether he utilized the weapon as part of the shooting.
Nine parishioners died in the shooting, including South Carolina state representative Rev. Clementa Pinckney, and their deaths are being examined as a hate crime.
Roof’s childhood friend Joey told ABC that Roof said he “wanted something to start up the race war once more” not long after the passing of Trayvon Martin in 2012.
“He didn’t agree with a few things and somebodyl needed to do something about it,” Meek told ABC. “He said that he felt that blacks, the blacks in general as a race, was bringing down the white race.”
Meek said he had never heard Roof target particular dark individuals or utilize racial slurs. Nor did he see any irregular conduct in his friend in the days paving the way to the shooting. “He never did any of that so it was simply practically a stun,” he included.
A few of Roof’s acquaintances told reporters similar stories, watching that Roof, a High school dropout, was a “loner.” Some, however, said that Roof “flat-out said . . . he was hoping to murder a bunch of people.”
“He’s unusual. You don’t know when to take him seriouslyt and when not to,” Christon Scriven, a dark classmate, told the New York Daily News.
“He was big into isolation and other stuff,” Dalton Tyler said to ABC. “He said he wanted to begin a civil war. He said he was going to do something to that effect and afterward execute himself.”
Roof’s uncle Carson Cowles told The Washington Post that while Roof was a “Quiet” man whose mother “never raised him to be like this,” he was profoundly embarrassed and maddened that his nephew could commit such an act. “I’d be the killer myself in the event that they would permit it,” he said.
It could have finished in an unexpected way, sources told NBC: Roof supposedly told police that he almost didn’t proceed with the shooting “on the grounds that everybody was so decent to him” amid the church meeting he went to for 60 minutes prior to standing up to begin the massacre.
Roof was set to be arraigned Friday afternoon.