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S.C. governor calls for death penalty in church shooting

Governor Nikki Haley addresses a full church during a prayer vigil held at Morris Brown AME Church, South Carolina on Thursday. REUTERS/Grace Beahm/Pool

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says the gunman who killed nine people during a shooting spree at a Charleston church should get the death penalty.

Speaking Friday morning on NBC’s ‘‘Today’’ show, Haley said ‘‘we will absolutely will want him to have the death penalty.’’

Twenty-one-year-old Dylann Storm Roof was arrested Thursday in North Carolina, a day after nine people were killed during a Bible study at a historic black church in downtown Charleston.

Those killed included the minister at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Felecia Sanders said she survived the shooting massacre by playing dead as she lay on top of her granddaughter to protect her.


Cynthia Taylor told The Associated Press that she spoke with Sanders and that is what Sanders told her.

Taylor is the niece of 87-year-old shooting victim Susie Jackson, who was a longtime member of The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and sang in the choir.
The shooting is being considered a hate crime.