On Thursday, Dylann Roof was captured and arrested in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof is suspected of shooting and killing nine people in the famous Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. But given some new information, it looks even more possible that this was a premeditated hate crime.
According to Joseph Meek, Jr., an old friend of Roof’s with whom he recently reconnected, Roof made some racist comments when they were together. Apparently, Roof claimed that African Americans “were taking over the world.” He was very affected by the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and Roof believed that someone needed to “do something” to benefit “the white race.” His former classmates referred to him as “a pill popper” and report that he told often told racist jokes.
“I didn’t think it was him,” Meek stressed in a recent interview. “I knew it was him.” This is how deep-seeded Meek’s racism has always been. His reputation precedes him so clearly, not even his friends thought he could be innocent.
Meek also claimed that Roof wanted to recreate some of the worst events in America’s history. He wanted to “start a civil war.” Meek realizes now that Roof was already on his way to starting that war when they reunited in recent weeks. Reportedly, Roof bought a .45 Glock pistol for his birthday and had been planning this assassination for about half a year. He did not, however, reveal any of the intricate details to Meek.
On Friday, Roof confessed to killing these nine people in Charleston. Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina spoke out about the issue. With his confession, she declares that she thinks the state should give Roof the death penalty. Nothing has yet been decided.
Roof is not officially affiliated with any of the existing white supremacist groups in South Carolina, but based on many of his online profiles, it is clear that he identifies as a white supremacist. Here at The Hot Zone, we are on the lookout for any more information about the incident in Charleston.
Of course, our hearts still go out to the victims’ families and the entire community for this tragic loss.