UPDATE: Daughter of Victim to Dylann Roof: 'I Forgive You'

UPDATE: Daughter of Victim to Dylann Roof: 'I Forgive You'

Bond set at $1 million in hearing on Friday afternoon.

Published June 19, 2015

UPDATE 2:40 P.M.: 

A judge has set Dylann Roof's bond to $1 million on his charge of possession of a firearm. Roof will remain in custody as he also charged with nine counts of murder.

During the bond hearing Friday afternoon, a daughter of one of the victims told Roof, "I forgive you." A woman who was in the church during the shooting said, "Every fiber in my body hurts'; 'may God have mercy'," the Associated Press reports. 

Roof is reportedly in a solitary confinement cell next to former officer Michael T. Slager who is awaiting trial for killing Walter Scott in April.


Charleston Police Department has charged Dylann Roof with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm in the killing of nine innocent Black people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the department tweeted Friday morning. A bond hearing for Roof is set for Friday afternoon. 

Dylann Roof had confessed to killing Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., DePayne Doctor and Sen. Clementa Pickney, police sources told CNN on Friday

His roommate, Dalton Taylor, told ABC News that Roof was planning the shooting spree for six months and that Roof was passionate about segregation. "He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself,” Taylor said.

Sylvia Johnson, a cousin of Pickney, told MSNBC that one of the survivors told her that Roof "had reloaded five different times... and he just said, 'I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go.'"

Police captured Dylann Roof Thursday morning in Shelby, N.C., during a traffic stop.

"I can confirm that there is a suspect in custody," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a news conference.

The FBI is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. Witnesses say that he told the congregation that he was there "to shoot Black people," according to CNN.

Joseph Meek Jr., a friend of Roof's, told the Associated Press that he had been best friends with him in middle school but lost touch five years ago. The friends reconnected a few weeks ago, he said.

"He said Blacks were taking over the world. Someone needed to do something about it for the white race," Meek said. "He said he wanted segregation between whites and Blacks. I said, 'That's not the way it should be.' But he kept talking about it."

Roof's record includes trespassing on private property and drug possession. In a Facebook picture, he is seen wearing "the emblem of white-ruled Rhodesia, the African country that became Zimbabwe in 1980," according to the Associated Press.

Emanuel A.M.E. is one of the oldest Black churches in the South, and the building is considered a historic site by the National Park Service.

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(Photo: Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP)

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