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Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death for Charleston Church Murders

Dylann Roof, who killed nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina back in 2015, has been sentenced to death by a federal jury.

The jury found Roof guilty on 33 counts for the attack and they came to the verdict for the death penalty after three hours of deliberations, according to the New York Times.

Roof says that he still feels like he had to commit the murders.

“In my confession to the FBI I told them that I had to do it, and obviously that’s not really true… I didn’t have to do anything,” he said during the closing argument. “But what I meant when I said that was, I felt like I had to do it, and I still do feel like I had to do it.”

It’s important to remember the lives of the nine people who were killed in this awful shooting. Go to CNN.com now to read about the amazing work they had accomplished.

Dylann Roof Confesses to Shooting, Charged with Murder

Dylann Roof has reportedly confessed to the Charleston church shooting and he has been charged with nine counts of murder.

The 21-year-old told officials that he “almost didn’t go through with it because everyone was so nice to him,” but decided to “go through with his mission,” according to NBC News.

In addition to the nine counts of murder, Roof was charged with one count of weapon possession.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says that “we will absolutely want him to have the death penalty.” Watch her interview below.

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Jon Stewart Covers Charleston Shooting, Tells No Jokes (Video)

Jon Stewart gave an amazing speech to cover the Charleston church shooting during one of his final episodes of The Daily Show on Thursday night (June 18).

The 52-year-old comedian didn’t write any jokes for his opening monologue and said he was filled with “just sadness.”

“I didn’t do my job today, because of what happened in South Carolina,” Jon started off saying. “Maybe if I wasn’t nearing the end of the run or this wasn’t such a common occurrence, maybe I could have pulled out of the spiral, but I didn’t. I honestly have nothing other than just sadness.”

“If this had been what we thought was Islamic terrorism…it’s ‘we’ve got to do whatever we can — we’ll torture people! — we’ve got to do whatever we can to keep Americans safe.’ Nine people shot in a church, what about that? ‘Hey, what are you gonna do, crazy is as crazy does.’ That’s the part that I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around,” Jon said to compare the shooting to terrorism.


Jon Stewart Covers Charleston Shooting, Tells No Jokes

Macaulay Culkin Trends Due to Dylann Roof Comparisons

Macaulay Culkin trended on Twitter today (June 18) after many people compared his looks to that of the alleged Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.

While there were some people making jokes about the similar looks between the actor and the shooter, who many are referring to as a terrorist, others expressed that it was wrong to be making the comparison.

VIDEO: Watch President Obama comment on the tragic shooting

To see a round-up of some of the tweets, visit Gossip Cop now.

Pictured inside: Dylann Roof being escorted out of jail in Shelby, North Carolina (where he was arrested) and put on a plane to go back to Charleston, South Carolina (where the shooting happened).

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President Obama on Charleston Church Shooting: 'I’ve Had To Make Statements Like This Too Many Times'

President Barack Obama addressed the nation about the fatal shootings of nine people at Emaunel AME Church on Thursday (June 18) from the press room of The White House in Washington D.C.

The 53-year-old Commander in Chief spoke about the horrific shooting and subsequent hate crime investigation.

“This morning I spoke with, and Vice President Biden spoke with, Mayor Joe Riley and other leaders of Charleston to express our deep sorrow over the senseless murders that took place last night,” he said. “Michelle and I know several members of the AME church, we knew their pastor, Clementa Pinckney…To say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their community doesn’t say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel.”

He continued, “I don’t need to be constrained about the emotions that tragedies like these raise. I’ve had to make statements like this too many times. Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. We don’t have all the facts but we know innocent people were killed because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.”

Also pictured below: President Obama‘s wife Michelle arrives at the United States Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo that same day in Milan, Italy.


President Obama Addresses the Nation About Charleston Shooting

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Charleston Church Gunman Dylann Roof Has Been Captured

Dylann Roof has been apprehended.

According to NBC News, the 21-year-old white man suspected of shooting up Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina was caught Thursday morning (June 18) in Shelby, N.C.

“I can confirm there is a suspect in custody,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the outlet.

Roof allegedly killed six women and three men at the historically African American church after attending a prayer meeting. One of the victims was the church’s pastor, Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, a married father of two.

Our thoughts go out to all the victims’ family and friends during this horrific tragedy.

Celebrities React to Tragic Charleston Church Shooting

UPDATE: Suspect Dylann Roof has been captured by police.

Nine people are confirmed dead after someone opened fire on a historic African-American church on Wednesday (June 17) in Charleston, S.C.

According to CNN, the gunman is still at large after shooting inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Eight people were pronounced dead at the scene, while two others were transported to the hospital where one sadly died.

The suspect is being described by police as a clean-shaven white man in his 20s with a slender build. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans, and boots.

Hollywood immediately took to social media to react to the unspeakable tragedy. You can see some of their reactions below:

Click inside to read more celebrity reactions to the tragedy…More Here! »