Dylann Storm Roof the mass murderer and White supremacist convicted of perpetrating the June 17, 2015, Charleston church shooting, has been sentenced to death.
During a prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Roof killed nine African Americans, including senior pastor and state senator Clementa C. Pinckney, and injured one other person. After several people identified Roof as the main suspect, he became the center of a manhunt that ended the morning after the shooting with his arrest in Shelby, North Carolina. He later confessed that he committed the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war.
Three days after the shooting, a website titled The Last Rhodesian was discovered and later confirmed by officials to be owned by Roof. The website contained photos of Roof posing with symbols of White supremacy and neo-Nazism, along with a manifesto in which he outlined his views towards Blacks, among other peoples. He also claimed in the manifesto to have developed his White supremacist views after reading about the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin and “Black-on-White crime.”