Dylann Roof Victim ‘Loving,’ Sister Says
The big sister of the youngest victim killed in the 2015 attack on Emanuel AME Church describes her baby brother as a jack-of-all-trades who had a variety of interests including music and modeling.
Shirrene (shi-REEN) Goss on Monday called 26-year-old brother Tywanza Sanders a fearless, headstrong social butterfly.
Goss took the stand as one of the final witnesses called by prosecutors seeking the death penalty against Dylann Roof. Jurors convicted Roof last month of 33 federal charges, including hate crimes and obstruction of the practice of religion.
Final testimony is expected as prosecutors wrap up their argument that Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death for murdering nine Black church members during Bible study in June 2015.
Relatives of Tywanza Sanders are slated to be the last to testify Monday in Roof’s federal sentencing trial.
“This defendant’s horrific acts justify the death penalty,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Williams said. “He killed nine people. … He killed them because of the color of their skin. He killed them because they were less than people.”
The 22-year-old Roof, who is White, is representing himself but has said he plans to call no witnesses or introduce any evidence. His former legal team has said Roof fears embarrassing himself or his family.
Last week, family members of those slain in the attack on Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church told emotional stories of the voids left by the loss of their loved ones.
Roof is representing himself and has said he plans to call no witnesses in his own defense. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel says he expects jurors to begin deliberating as early as Tuesday on whether Roof should get the death penalty or life in prison.