South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the death penalty in the case of Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old admitted shooter in Wednesday’s church massacre in Charleston.
During an interview on NBC’s Today Show, Haley said she supported a death sentence for Roof following the brutal murders of nine people at Emanuel AME church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night.
“This is a state hurt by the fact that nine people innocently were killed,” she said. “We will absolutely want him to have the death penalty.”
According to Roof’s roommate, the Columbia, South Carolina-based man had been “planning something like that for six months.”
“He said he wanted to start a civil war,” roommate Dalton Tyler said. “He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself.”
Roof was captured on Thursday morning in Shelby, North Carolina, and admitted to authorities that he wanted to “start a race war,” CNN originally reported Friday morning. He will face charges that include nine counts of murder.
“I talked to my investigators and they looked pure evil in the eye,” Haley told reporters outside of Emanuel AME.
“We will seek the death penalty," she continued. "You will absolutely pay the price.”
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