Dylann Roof appears via video before a judge in Charleston, S.C., on Friday, June 19, 2015. The 21-year-old accused of killing nine people inside a black church in Charleston made his first court appearance, with the relatives of all the victims making tearful statements. (Centralized Bond Hearing Court, of Charleston, S.C. via AP)

Families of Charleston 9 forgive shooting suspect in court

They forgave him. They advised Dylann Storm Roof to repent for his sins, and asked for God’s mercy on his soul.