Family Members of Charleston Nine react to Justice Department
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)– Several family members of the nine people gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston say they support decisions by state and federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for the man charged in the slayings.
Steve Hurd, whose wife, Cynthia, was among those killed June 17 during Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal, said he won’t be at peace until Dylann Roof is put to death.
The suspect in the shootings, Dylann Roof, could face a death sentence. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that they will seek the death sentence if he is convicted. State prosecutors are also seeking the death penalty.