Charleston church shooting: Suspect confesses, says he sought race war
(CNN)[Breaking news update at 2:43 p.m. ET]
Accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof looked solemn as he appeared remotely by video before a judge Friday in a striped, button-down prison shirt, showing no emotion as some family members of victims addressed him — some expressing their anger, others saying they forgive him.
Magistrate James Gosnell Jr. informed Roof of what will happen next for him legally before Roof, in his first comments since being arrested, answered a number of basic questions regarding his age, address and employment status.
Relatives of some of the nine killed then addressed the court and Roof personally.
“I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you,” a daughter of Ethel Lance said. “And have mercy on your soul. You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people but God forgives you, and I forgive you.”