Morgan Roof, the sister of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof is accused of carrying weapons on school grounds after a racially-focused Snapchat post she allegedly made “caused alarm to the student body.”
News of Morgan Roof’s arrest broke on March 14, 2018, which was the same day that high school students around the United States staged a national walk-out to call for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Florida school shooting. Dylann Roof is one of the most notorious mass shooters in United States’ history. He murdered nine black parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Weapons Alleged in Morgan Roof’s Case Were Knives, Authorities Say
Although her brother is known for the mass shooting that took the lives of people attending a Bible study group in an African-American focused church, Morgan Roof was arrested for allegedly possessing knives, according to Fox Carolina.
“A.C. Flora High School was contacted by the school administrator about Roof having marijuana, pepper spray, and a knife on school grounds,” the television station reported.
2. Morgan Is Accused of Posting About ‘Black People’ & the Gun Walkout on Snapchat
The alleged Snapchat post made by Morgan Roof circulated on social media, including Twitter. The State newspaper confirmed that the Snapchat post attributed to Morgan Roof expressed displeasure with the gun walkout and included the comment “we know it’s fixing to be nothing but black people walkin out anyway.”
The full comment allegedly reads, “Your walking out for the allowed time of 17min, they are letting you do this, nothing is gonna change what tf you think it’s gonna do? I hope it’s a trap and y’all get shot we know it’s fixing to be nothing but black people walkin out anyway. No offense ofc buuut.”
3. Dylann Roof Said He Wasn’t Sorry for the Mass Shooting
According to USA Today, Dylann Roof remained unrepentant for committing one of the worst hate crimes in American history. “I would like to make it crystal clear I do not regret what I did. I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed,” he wrote, adding, “I have shed a tear of self-pity for myself. I feel pity that I had to do what I did in the first place.”
4. Morgan Roof Told Her Brother That She Still Loved Him
Videos were released of jail visits between Dylann Roof and family members, and they showed that he caused them distress after ending up behind bars, according to The Post and Courier. Morgan was featured in one of them. “Newly released videos of Dylann Roof’s jail visits from family members during his trial show the young killer made his father cry, refused to tell his little sister he loved her, repeatedly provoked his mother’s distress and described hatred for his defense attorneys,” the newspaper reported.
“Roof’s teenage sister, Morgan, told him that she wanted to attend his execution, if it occurred,” reported The Post and Courier.
“I love you, Dylann, even if you don’t love me back,” she said, according to the newspaper. He responded, “OK.”
5. Previous News Reports Allege the Roofs Grew Up in a Troubled Home
The picture of the Roof family that emerged during Roof’s trial was not a pretty one. According to the New York Daily News, it was alleged that the family dynamic included abuse. Dylann Roof “was raised by a loving stepmom, but in a house destroyed by domestic violence,” The New York Daily News reported.
The Daily News says that “Paige Mann, now 41 and newly married, was the closest thing to a real parent Dylann Roof and his older half-sister Amber Roof had.” Morgan’s profile picture on Facebook shows her with Paige Mann and tags Mann. Franklin Bennett, Dylann Roof’s dad, is also the father of Morgan, the newspaper reported, adding that Morgan is the daughter of Franklin Bennett and Mann.