Dylann Roof’s mass shooting in Charleston has brought grief to a lot of families, including his own. Hours ago, the Roof family released a statement to the public.
As reports CNN, Dylann’s family‘s statement reads as follows.
“The Roof Family would like to extend their deepest sympathies and condolences to families of the victims in Wednesday night’s shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Words cannot express our shock, grief, and disbelief as to what happened that night. We are devastated and saddened by what occurred. We offer our prayers sympathy for all of those impacted by these events.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those killed this week. We have all been touched by the moving words from the victims’ families offering God’s forgiveness and love in the face of such horrible suffering.
Our hope and prayer is for peace and healing for the families of the victims, the Charleston community, and those touched by these events throughout the states of South Carolina and our nation.
As you can imagine, words are hard to find and we would ask that the media respect our family’s privacy at this time. Any questions regarding Dylann can be directed to his attorney Boyd Young…”
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 19, 2015
Though the family issued this statement, many speculators aren’t really buying it. Some have said that racism is a learned condition, not genetically inherited. While there are occasions when children get sucked into bad crowds and apply their ways, those who oppose the Roof Family’s statement feel that’s simply not the case for Dylann. They say it stems directly from his upbringing.
@cnnbrk Parents gonna miss me on that one. Kids are products of the environment you raise them in. He wasn’t racist by accident.
— Aaron Staggs (@Staggs_Aaron) June 19, 2015
@cnnbrk negativity along with hated and anger all starts at home where you were taught..your choice if you change your ways or not…
— Lisa2900 (@Lisa2900) June 19, 2015
@cnnbrk As Rogers and Hammerstein said in “South Pacific”, when it comes to hate, “you have to be carefully taught.”
— Steve Culbertson (@Culbs) June 19, 2015
@cnnbrk The family that taught him all that hate are now separating themselves from him.
— Quirkydude (@Quirkydude) June 19, 2015
@cnnbrk They raised and, by one account, armed a racist monster, a white christian terrorist. Thanks.
— Francis Fuselier (@FrancisGgboxer) June 19, 2015
@cnnbrk as Hammerstein said, you have to be carefully taught to hate. this kid was taught racism. these folks are reaping what they’ve sewn.
— suzie62o (@suzie62o) June 19, 2015
@cnnbrk This kid is so full of hate, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
— Harley Aronson (@HarleyATC) June 19, 2015
So many similar comments follow.
Nevertheless, Dylann’s family continues to stress that he wasn’t raised that way. As reports Inquisitr, his sister called police to identify the suspect, herself. And his uncle basically disowned him — saying that he would opt to pull the switch himself, if he were to get the death penalty.
What are your thoughts? Do you think this is the Roof Family‘s teachings-come-to-life? Or did he stray on his own? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments, below.
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