Family of Charleston Victims Plea for Shooter to Repent

For most of the people I have spoken to, the trial of Dylann Roof is a waste of time and money.

The young man was identified by eye-witnesses and has confessed to the murder of nine people. This whole thing should have been over by now. Call me old fashioned, but the man should have been put down months ago. This would have been the most merciful thing for the families of the victims.

It has long baffled me the reason that we feel compelled to prolong punishment. How do we conclude that this is a merciful act? Especially in the case of such obvious guilty, why extend the closure? This is not a sense of revenge that is asking this but of justice. Forgiveness and justice never intersect in this realm.

The families have asked Roof to seek forgiveness.

Christian News reports

Family members of those who were shot to death while attending a 2015 Bible study at South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church called upon gunman Dylann Roof to turn to Christ on Wednesday as he was formally sentenced to death for his crimes.

“If at any point before you are sentenced and you’re in prison and you want me to come and pray with you, I will do that,” offered Sheila Capers, the sister-in-law of Cynthia Hurd, who said she prays for Roof to be saved.

According to reports, Roof would not make eye contact with those who spoke to him and remained expressionless.

Several others echoed Sheila’s desire for Roof to turn to Christ. But we must not confuse this with clemency. What these families will face is the fact that this man has yet to pay for his crime. All the while, they will be the ones helping to pay for his upkeep.

How is this just?

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