Dylann Roof Found Guilty of Charleston Church Massacre

White supremacist Dylann Roof was found guilty Thursday of killing nine people at a historic black church on Thursday (Dec 12), NBC News reported.

“These nine people exemplified a goodness that was greater than his message of hate,” prosecutor Nathan Williams said in his closing arguments Thursday. Of the 33 charges against Roof, 24 of them qualify as hate crimes. Of those, 18 carry the death penalty. The 12-person jury, upon resuming their duties after a holiday break on Jan. 3, will then decide Roof’s fate.

In a statement shortly after the verdict was announced, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott expressed his support for the victims families. “As the killer now awaits sentencing, I want the families of those lost that day to know one thing: we are all still with you,” Scott said. “While this chapter is now closed, the rest of this book has yet to be written. Your strength and courage has changed Charleston, South Carolina, and our nation forever.”