Incredible is not doing this message justice but a great man, Marcus Stanley, wrote on Dyann Roof’s Facebook wall today:
I don’t know you, but when I searched for your name from the news outlets it led me here. You’re not captured yet, so there is a chance that you may see this message. I don’t look at you with the eyes of hatred, or judge you by your appearance or race, but I look at you as a human being that made a horrible decision to take the lives of 9 living & breathing people. Children do not grow up with hatred in their hearts. In this world we are born color blind. Somewhere along the line, you were taught to hate people that are not like you, and that is truly tragic. You have accomplished nothing from this killing, but planting seeds of pain that will forever remain in the hearts of the families that lost their lives and countless hearts around our country. If you’re still out there and you have your phone with you… Give your heart to Jesus and confess your sins with a heart of forgiveness. He is the only one that can save your soul and forgive you for the terrible act that you have done. I love you Dylann… even in the midst of the darkness and pain you’ve caused, but more importantly HE loves you.
If you would like to make that confession, then repeat these words.
Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.
I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.
You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.
Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.
Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.
Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
God bless you Dylann
Please go to Marcus Stanley’s Facebook page and send him a message: Stanley Marcus
This is one special man!
SOUTH CAROLINA SHOOTER CAUGHT:
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Multiple sister stations and national media outlets are reporting that the man wanted for killing nine people in a downtown church was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina.
Charleston police were searching for a gunman who shot and killed the parishioners, including a state senator, during a Bible study at a historic Calhoun Street church Wednesday, Chief Greg Mullen said.
Law enforcement and government officials identified the suspect as 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof of Lexington County.
The vehicle he may be driving is a black Hyundai with SC vehicle tag LGF330. Anyone with information about his location is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. His last known address is 10428 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia.
According to Lexington County court records, Roof was arrested back in March for drug possession.
“The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI are opening a hate crime investigation into the shooting that took place at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC,” an update from the Columbia FBI Field Office read. “The investigation is parallel to and cooperative with the state’s investigation.”
Mullen said the shooter sat inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 110 Calhoun Street for about an hour before he stood up about 9:05 p.m. and started shooting. Eight people died inside the church and a ninth died at the hospital. Six of the victims were female and three were male, he said.
Family members who were briefed by chaplains at a nearby hotel told ABC News that a 5-year-old child was in the church at the time of the shooting and survived by playing dead.
“This tragedy that we’re addressing right now is indescribable,” Mullen said. “No one in this community will ever forget this night.”
An active manhunt is on for a suspect described as a clean-shaven white male, about 20-25 years old, with a slender build. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt or hoodie with distinctive markings, blue jeans and Timberland boots, Charleston police said.
Mullen released surveillance photos of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving that has a distinctive front license plate. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-CALLFBI.
A source said the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor and a South Carolina state senator, was among those shot. The Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted early Thursday morning that Pinckney died in the shooting, which was later confirmed by other legislators.
Mullen declined to release names of the victims. He said he believes it was a hate crime.
“This is a tragedy that no community should have to experience,” Mullen said. “It’s senseless and unfathomable that someone would go into a church where people were having a prayer meeting and take their lives.”
Police have been patrolling the downtown area around as they search for the suspect. The FBI, State Law Enforcement Division, the coroner’s office and multiple police agencies are on the scene. A helicopter was constantly circling downtown. Mullen said they are getting help from agencies up and down the East Coast, including the FBI.
At 11:25 p.m. police pushed reporters back because of an “immediate threat.” Officers said they were investigating a bomb threat but as of 1 a.m., Mullen said, the bomb threat was cleared.
Mullen said people should stay inside and report any suspicious activity to (843) 743-7200. Buist Academy downtown is closed Thursday and Friday. Charleston County School District offices across the street from the church will remain open, school officials said.
Police took a local photographer wearing a backpack into custody but he was later released. Police said they were still searching for a suspect.
Members of the Emanuel AME Church have been praying in a parking lot near the scene of the shooting. The church is the oldest AME Church in the South and has one of the oldest black congregations in the South.
“The only reason someone could walk into the church and shoot people praying is out of hate,” Mayor Joe Riley said. “The only reason. It is the most dastardly act that I could possibly imagine. And we will bring that person to justice as soon as possible.”