News: Federal jury sentences Dylann Roof to death
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Melvin Graham believes that the jury’s death sentence Tuesday in the murders of his sister and eight others at Emanuel AME Church is just, he said.
But the decision brought no joy to him, he said.
“My sister is still gone,” Graham said. And his heart is broken over the lack of remorse from her killer, 22-year-old Dylann Roof.
“He just took them away from us because he wanted to,” Graham said. “He decided the day, the hour, the moment, my sister was going to die. And now someone is going to do that for him.”
Graham was the sole family member to speak publicly in the immediate aftermath of Roof’s sentence as South Carolina’s oldest city grappled with the end of a months-long trial and the racist vein it exposed.
About 70% of the city’s nearly 135,000 residents are white; about a quarter are black. Fort Sumter National Monument, where the Civil War began in 1861 when Confederates opened fire on Union soldiers there, is in Charleston Harbor.
Federal jury sentences Dylann Roof to death