“AND I ONLY AM ESCAPED ALONE TO TELL THEE.” –JOB
This is the most difficult essay I have ever written and perhaps the most difficult I will ever write. It is a gruesome story only to be equaled to the 1963 bombing of the black church in Birmingham where four little black girls were killed. On June 17th 2015 Dylann Roof carried out a depravity unimaginable and beyond all thoughts of humanity. Myra Thompson led the prayer group that evening and she read the parable of the sower in “Mark” chapter 4.
“The sower soweth the word…but Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.”
The prayer group at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church came together at 8:00 P.M. and at 8:20 P.M. Dylann Roof entered the historic black church wearing a bulging fanny pack. Inside the fanny pack there was a.45 caliber Glock pistol and seven fully loaded magazine clips. Dylann Roof took a seat next to Reverend and South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney. Reverend Pinckney handed Dylann Roof a Bible.
Thirty-five minutes later as the parishioners eyes were closed for the benediction Dylann Roof removed his .45 Glock pistol and took aim at Reverend Clementa Pinckney and shot him three times at point blank range. Dylan Roof then pointed his gun at 87-year old Susie Jackson and he shot her more than ten times! Each victim of his assault was hit repeatedly with gunfire and at the very end of this gruesome massacre there were over eighty shell casings on the floor. Two women who survived the attack said Reverend Pinckney managed to run twenty feet toward the office door in which his wife-Jennifer and his six-year old daughter-Malana were. Reverend Pinckney collasped before reaching the door which protected his family.
A very strange thing happened right after the shooting someone called the police to make a bomb threat against the “Courtyard Marriott” Hotel located at 125 Calhoun Street; the church is located at 11o Calhoun Street. The police were dispatched to 125 Calhoun Street to secure the area which unwittingly complicated the church shootings police investigations. Dylann Roof went out the back door of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church casually walking back to his car then driving off into the night. The next morning, 250 miles away in the town of Shelby, North Carolina Dylann Roof was pulled over by local police and arrested.
QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED:
1.) Why did Dylann Roof target Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church?
2.) How did Dylann Roof know what time to go there?
3.) Why did Dylann Roof kill on June 17th and not June 30th?
4.) Why is the date of these killing so important?
5.) Why did Dylann Roof kill Reverend Clementa Pinckney first?
6.) Was Dylann Roof a programed assassin?
7.) Did Juneteenth serve as motivation that the massacre take place on June 17th?
8.) What is JUNETEENTH?
Juneteenth or June 19th is considered the date when the last slaves in America were free. Juneteenth serves as a milestone to remind all Americans of the long hard battle for Black Americans to get their freedom and end slavery. Each year Juneteenth is a festival of which African Americans can come together to observe and reflect the Emancipation Proclamation.
On Tuesday, January 3rd 2017 almost two-years after the massacre a jury of nine white and three blacks found Dylann Roof guilty on 33 counts, then Judge Richard M. Gergel imposed a sentence of death to Dylann Roof. Days before sentencing Dylann Roof’s mother-Amy Roof cried out loudly, shouting at the top of her lungs,
‘I’M SORRY! I’M SORRY! I’M SORRY!!!”
She waved her arms. She jumped up and down. She collapsed onto the floor and did suffer a heart attack. Dylann Roof never turned around to see or look on his mother. No, he just looked straight on and displayed not a morsel of remorse or sadness.
On January 20th, 2020 Dylann Roof’s lawyers are seeking a new trial because they claim he was insane at the last trial in which he was allowed to defend himself. This saga continues and the pain to each family still runs deep. Nine innocent, peaceful Black Americans were killed simply because of the color of their skin and their African heritage.