Family members of those killed in the Charleston Church massacre spoke to the accused gunman via video chat on Friday afternoon with heavy hearts.
During the emotional bond hearing, many of the loved ones representing the victims told 21-year-old, Dylann Roof that despite their sorrow and pain, they still forgive him.
“I forgive you … I will never talk to her ever again. I will never hold her again, but I forgive you,” the daughter of victim, Ethel Lance said.
The mother of Tywanza Sanders, who watched her son die, said while on the stand, “We welcomed you Wednesday night to our bible study with open arms. Every fiber in my body hurts and I’ll never be the same. Sanders was my son … May God have mercy on you.”
The family member of MyraThompson said, “Me and my family forgive you … take this opportunity to repent.”
The granddaughter of victim, Daniel Simmons said, “Although my grandfather and the other victims died …this is proof that everyones plea for is proof that they lived and loved and their legacy will live and live. Hate won’t win.”
While the family representatives spoke words of forgiveness, Roof had a blank stare on his face, showing no emotion.
Roof is being tried on 9 counts of murder and 1 count of possession of a weapon during time of the crime. His bond for possession of a weapon has been set at $1 million.
Roof is expected back in court on October 23, 2015.