(NEWSER) – Dylann Roof made his first court appearance today, and though he did so via video, he was still able to hear the message delivered by relatives of the nine victims shot to death in a Charleston church. Forgiveness. "I forgive you, my family forgives you," said Anthony Thompson, per AP.
"We would like you to take this opportunity to repent. ... Do that and you'll be better off than you are right now." Another, the mother of Tywanza Sanders, said that "every fiber in my body hurts," but added, "May God have mercy on your soul." (Sanders reportedly dove in front of the first shots, which had been directed at his 87-year-old aunt, reports the New York Times. Neither of them survived.)
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