Charleston Suspect’s Family Issues Statement

This photo provided by Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof, 21, was arrested Thursday in the slayings of several people Wednesday, including the pastor, at a prayer meeting inside The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP)

The family of Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof released a new statement Thursday. In it, the family sends condolences to the victims’ families and promised to answer questions at a later date:

“There have been many questions asked regarding the story behind the tragic shooting that took place at Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina. We know that there will continue to be questions. Rest assured, in the coming days, as more information , as more information becomes available, we will do our best to answer them.

That being said, we would like to take this time to reflect on the victims and give their families time to grieve. We feel it would be in appropriate to say anything at this time other than that we are truly sorry for their loss.

After an appropriate time, there will be an opportunity to have questions answered, but we ask that right now, care and attention and support be given to the grieving family members of the victims.”

 

–Boyd Young, on behalf of the Roof Family

The first funerals for the victims were held on Thursday. President Obama will deliver the eulogy for South Carolina State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney on Friday in Charleston. Pinckney’s district included part of Allendale County in the CSRA.

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