COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Hours after Dylann Roof appeared in Charleston for his bond hearing, his family issued a statement regarding the shooting.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those killed this week," the statement read. "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."
The family also said their hope and prayer is for "peace and healing" for the victims' families, the community, and those impacted by the shooting throughout the state and country.
The family has also requested privacy as they attempt to move forward.