"I forgive you." "God have mercy on you." "Hate won't win."
These are the messages that the family members of the victims of Wednesday night's horrific Charleston shooting had for accused shooter Dylann Roof on Friday afternoon. Five of the children, parents, and relatives gathered in a somber Charleston courtroom made statements to Roof over video link during his bail hearing. (Not all of the nine victims had a family member speak.)
Here's what each family member who did make a statement had to say:
"I forgive you. You took something very precious from me, I will never talk to her ever again, I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you. Have mercy on your soul. You hurt me, you hurt a lot of people, but God forgive you and I forgive you."
—Ethel Lance, her daughter
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"I forgive you and my family forgives you. But we would like him to take this opportunity to repent. Repent, confess, give your life to the one who matters the most, Christ, so he can change it, can change it no matter what happened you, and you'll be OK through that. You'll be better off than you were right now."
—Anthony Thompson, her family member
"We welcomed you Wednesday night in our bible study with open arms. You have killed some of the most beautiful people I know. Every fiber in my body hurts. And I'll never be the same. Tywanza Sanders was my son, but Tywanza was my hero. Tywanza was my hero. But as we said in bible study, we enjoyed you. But may God have mercy on you."
—Alicia Sanders, his mother
"Although my grandfather and the other victims died at the hands of hate, this is proof, everyone's plea for your soul is proof that they lived in love and their legacies will live in love. Hate won't win, and I just want to thank the courts for making sure that hate doesn't win."
—Alana Simmons, his granddaughter
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"For me, I'm a work in progress, and I acknowledge that I'm very angry, but one thing that DePayne is always joined in our family with, was that she taught us that we are the family that love built. We have no room for hate, so we have to forgive."
—Bethane Middleton-Brown, her sister
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Casey Tolan is a National News Reporter for Fusion based in New York City.