CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The man accused of killing nine people inside a black church in Charleston has made his first court appearance, with the relatives of all the victims making tearful statements.
Dylann Roof appeared via video before a judge in South Carolina. He wore a jail jumpsuit and was handcuffed, and spoke only to answer questions. When asked his age, he told the judge he was 21. He also told the judge he was unemployed.
Relatives of the shooting victims also spoke at the hearing, with one victim’s daughter sobbing as she said, “I forgive you.”
The mother of Tywanza Sanders told Roof that “every fiber in my body hurts.”
Roof did not react and appeared to show no emotion as the relatives spoke.