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UPDATE 3:00 PM (AP) — Affidavit: Church gunman’s father, uncle called authorities after seeing surveillance photos.

UPDATE 2:00 PM (AP) — $1M bond on weapons charge for church shooting suspect; bond not set on murder charges.

UPDATE 1:00 PM (AP) — Woman who was at church tells suspect: ‘Every fiber in my body hurts’; ‘may God have mercy’

UPDATE 12:30 PM: (AP) — Church shooting suspect in jail cell next to ex-North Charleston officer who killed black man.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — As Dylann Storm Roof awaits his first hearing on nine charges of murder, the people of Charleston sought Friday to repudiate whatever a gunman would hope to accomplish by killing black community leaders inside one of the nation’s most important African-American churches.

“A hateful person came to this community with some crazy idea he’d be able to divide, but all he did was unite us and make us love each other even more,” Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. said as he described plans for an evening vigil at a sports arena near the church.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said the state will “absolutely” want the death penalty for Roof, who opened fire after sitting through a Wednesday night Bible study session inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

A steady stream of people brought flowers and notes and shared somber thoughts at a growing memorial in front of the church, which President Barack Obama called “a sacred place in the history of Charleston and in the history of America.”

Roof, 21, had complained while getting drunk on vodka recently that “blacks were taking over the world” and that “someone needed to do something about it for the white race,” according to Joey Meek, who tipped the FBI when he saw his friend on surveillance images.

Apprehended in North Carolina after a motorist recognized him and helped alert police, Roof was shackled, handcuffed and returned in a bulletproof vest Thursday to Charleston, where a bond hearing was scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday. Most such hearings are conducted by video link from the county jail where he is being held.

In addition to the nine murder counts, Roof is charged with possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, police said Friday. That’s a common charge in South Carolina when a gun is involved, whether it was legally owned or not.

The victims included a state senator who doubled as the church’s lead pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney; as well as several other pastors and church elders, a library manager, high school coaches, a government administrator, a college enrollment counselor and a recent college graduate — six women and three men who initially welcomed Roof into the church.

“The suspect entered the group and was accepted by them, as they believed that he wanted to join them in this Bible study,” she said. Then, “he became very aggressive and violent.”

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch a hate crime investigation has begun. Obama pointed to lax gun controls as a factor, and complained that Washington politics have shut down efforts to require universal background checks for gun purchases.

Most of the candidates campaigning to replace him avoided mentioning guns at all.

Roof said he used birthday money from his parents to buy a .45 Glock pistol before the attack, Meek said. He must have hidden the weapon, because Charleston County Coroner Rae Wilson said he didn’t initially appear threatening to the church members.

Meek called the FBI after recognizing Roof in the surveillance footage, down to the stained sweatshirt he wore while they played Xbox videogames the morning of the attack.

“I didn’t THINK it was him. I KNEW it was him,” Meek told The Associated Press after being interviewed by investigators.

On his Facebook page, Roof displayed the flags of defeated white-ruled regimes, posing with a Confederate flags plate on his car and wearing a jacket with stitched-on flag patches from apartheid-era South Africa and Rhodesia, which is now black-led Zimbabwe.

The postings make him seem to be a “disaffected white supremacist,” said Richard Cohen, president of Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.

Police reports from Columbia, S.C., explain the misdemeanor charges on his record.

Roof was arrested in February after workers said he appeared dressed entirely in black and asking strange questions at the Columbiana shopping mall. He was charged with possessing suboxone, a drug typically used to treat heroin addiction. A trespassing charge was added after he showed up again in April, prompting a three year ban from the mall.

Spilling blood inside a black church — especially “Mother Emanuel,” founded in 1816 — evoked painful memories nationwide, a reminder that black churches so often have been the targets of racist violence.

A church founder, Denmark Vesey, was hanged after trying to organize a slave revolt in 1822, and white landowners burned the church in revenge, leaving parishioners to worship underground until after the Civil War. The congregation rebuilt and grew stronger, eventually winning campaigns for voting rights and political representation.

Pinckney recalled his church’s history in a 2013 sermon, saying “we don’t see ourselves as just a place where we come to worship, but as a beacon and as a bearer of the culture.”

“What the church is all about,” Pinckney said, is the “freedom to be fully what God intends us to be and have equality in the sight of God. And sometimes you got to make noise to do that. Sometimes you may have to die like Denmark Vesey to do that.”

Pinckney, 41, was a married father of two and a Democrat who spent 19 years in the South Carolina legislature after he was first elected at 23, becoming the youngest member of the House.

The other victims were Cynthia Hurd, 54; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; and the reverends DePayne Middleton Doctor, 49; Sharonda Singleton, 45; and Daniel Simmons Sr., 74.

The mayor said a Mother Emanuel Hope Fund has been set up to help pay for funerals and other family expenses, and help the church continue its work. Anyone can contribute at Wells Fargo bank branches, by mail, or — soon — online, he said.

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26 thoughts on “UPDATE: Bond Set at $1 Millon; Charleston Shooter Charged with 9 Murder Counts; Charleston Seeks Unity

  1. it's my opinion on said:

    This may not be time..but if I see one more webpage talking about how we are so “forgiving” I’m going to scream. Forgiveness comes in time..This boy shot and killed their mother, grandmother, father, grandfather, uncle…etc.
    We constantly fighting to show #blacklivesmatter# when we act otherwise. And, we wonder why white racist calls us “simple minded”. Kick us in the face and we look up smiling talking about..”it’s okay massa”…Grrrrrh! This just makes me furious…

  2. MoFo on said:

    If they want to do something about gun control here is the solution. Every African American should
    buy a gun Tomorrow. ALL OF US. There than will be less of a chance of see what we saw this past week.

    Maybe if there was a law that states -stand your ground-my man would have been DEAD instead of enjoying the possibility of being released.

    We all need to get a gun. And not just for that boys kind of ‘ILK’ but also for the fools that live in
    our neighborhoods. In Philly they were having a block party last night and than comes some fool shooting the place up. We all need to get a gun. THAN AND ONLY will Washington DO SOMETHING ONCE AND FOR ALL.

    ALWAYS ALWAYS BE ON HEIGHTEN ALERT when around certain people.

  3. It is a travesty that someone could murder 9 people in cold blood can even get a bail. You need to look at the judge, he may be a kkk member!!!!

  4. psnthersdec on said:

    Let’s see you got a white boy in the 9th grade who parents ALLOWED him to drop outta school. We have seen recently 2 Bonnie and Clydes running amuck doing various crimes in various states as young as 13 and they don’t go to school either but I see rants about black people being irresponsible and not taking responsibility for their actions White folks got Investigation Discovery Channel on lock with white on white crime. I am grabbing popcorn right now. My favorite episode is Scorned Lovers. Every time a white person commits a crime a black person gotta always be included as if the black person is as bad as the white person but if Roof was a doctor a black person will not dare to included as a comparison to a GREAT white man as he is. He stands alone. Wow white privilege as turned into white delusion. That is like calling OJ the worst criminal in the world for killing 2 people, (Yes it was 2 people yall always FORGET to talk about the other white meat, the white man as if he was invisible.) While Charles Manson killed 4 people and yet they are RANTING how black folks need to stop whining. that is why Roof did what he did because he was listening to those lies that was spoon fed to him from birth that has a white man no one is as smart and handsome as he was then he saw that was lie that black/brown people were as good looking and smart as he was and he COULDN”T HANDLE the TRUTH and became a coward because he was right he could not go the ghetto alone, he would have gotten his butt whupped.

  5. correction: they made laws to imprison men & women of the cloth ministers who WON’T marry same sex couples. How long my people will you love being simple? They don’t keep the commandments yet they expect you to keep God’s Commandments. Come to the Real Jesus Now before it’s too late.

  6. LOL I can’t believe them.. One million dollar bond? There shouldn’t be a bond at all.. and why didn’t they kill him on the spot. Because capital punishment doesn’t apply to white people..they make laws to keep us in check. Lol they don’t fool me in or out of the church on the bench nothing. They make laws to imprison ministers who marry same sex couples they themselves are Lawless so call enforcng the world to keep God’s commandments. Hypocrites! You can’t beat my people one day set bail for a terrorist and call yourself Jesus that makes NO sense! You are NOT God period.! The world did not enslave or whip the back of the White man Jesus. Black Jesus yes. Black people please stop believing the lies we’re told.

  7. We ALL WE GOT!
    You aint gonna like THIS! But as BEING THE same age as Tom Joynor anyone can readily see we been set back
    by the younger generation that are thinking with their D than the head on their shoulders.

    I said IT before and here it goes again – its as dangerous now as it was in the 50’s and 60’s. If anyone read
    the news last nite there was an article that said the WORLD can’t beleive was has happend here.

    They thought that since an African American was elected TWICE to the Presidency – that ugly racism was
    over in American. My generation knew better. How can you say that than, the signs are all around you,
    you just need to take your eyes off those who wage a vicious mind war-fare game on us and see the facts.
    -We make 1/4th of what they make FOR THE SAME JOB! Institutional racism is rampant. Read what happend to
    a wall street trader name Joeseph Jett. Wall Street now! Pleasssssssssssssssse. If we can’t work in high
    finance where EVERYBODY is making money and have peace – where can we work. The UGLY RACISM IS in every
    facet of AMERICAN life. Believe that.

    Stay on HIGH ALERT when around certain people [he had so-called black friends-so THEY THOUGHT AND LOOK
    WHAT HE DID]

    As the young man once said-‘we all we got’.

  8. psnthersdec on said:

    Rick Perry a PRESIDENTIAL 2016 candidate said it was an ACCIDENT. White folks sticking together going all out not to call him a THUG or a TERRORIST.

  9. psnthersdec on said:

    Watching the media and black folks just continued to get disrespected. The judge went on a tirade as if he got sick and tired of people feeling sorry for the black victims and sternly reminded them that they are not the only victims that Roof the white shooter family are victims as well and don’t forget them. So don’t go too hard on him in responding to him with your emotions. Also the guy at the NRA said it was their FAULT they got shot. It just boggles the mind.

  10. Cheri on said:

    He should never see the light of day for something that was so heinous, premeditated, and planned out. I ALSO blame his parents who purchased a gun for a felon (they also need to be brought up on charges for aiding and abiding to commit Murder!!!!! I dnt want to hear any b.s. about anything mental. We are living in our last days you should never have to fear anything or anyone in the house of GOD.God bless the families and God bless America

  11. Mia Jay on said:

    as Anthony answered I can’t believe that anybody able to get paid $4897 in four weeks on the internet . read review ,,,, WAGE-REPORT.­Ⅽ­O­Ⅿ

  12. LisaM on said:

    I can’t understand how some white people think blacks are taking over the world & hate us so much. What have we done to them? I guess slavery, being treated as non-humans still, being discriminated against and being used for target practice by cops is taking over the world. WTF

    • Ms curly on said:

      I agree. What world are blacks taking over? To bad his folks didn’t speak up before and NOT buy the gun. His ass is not crazy. So tired of white folks playing the crazy card.

  13. Mzbrowneyes on said:

    So to sum this up in the eyes of conservative America. Black kids who kill are thugs, Muslims who kill are terrorist and white kids who kill are mentally ill. Way to go. He should have never gotten a bail. He deliberately killed innocent people in a church who welcomed him to a bible study. And they are still supporting and praying for his family.

  14. Lenny spates on said:

    the lady to follow the killer works at a florist shop I would use that shop to supply all the flowers for the funerals…that would be a way of thinking her for what she did

  15. sharon gardner on said:

    Sadd Satans advocate thats all i can say, he did what he came to do n that that kill n destroy lives LORD HELP US

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