Victim’s Family Said, “I Forgive You, My Family Forgives You” To Charleston Shooting Suspect
Families of the people killed at an historic black church in Charleston faced the accused shooter in an emotionally charged courtroom on Friday and told him they forgive him. Anthony Thompson said, “I would just like him to know that, I forgive you, my family forgives you,” during a bond hearing for the suspect. Myra Thompson, 59, was one of nine people killed in the horrific attack at Emanuel African Episcopal Church on Wednesday. He remained stone-faced as the family members were talking to him.
Anthony Thompson said, “We would like you to take this opportunity to repent. Repent. Confess. Give your life to the one who matters the most: Christ. So that he can change it.” The confessed killer was ordered held on $1 million bond, he is charged with nine counts of murder and one count of possession of a weapon to commit a violent crime.
The daughter of victim Ethel Lance also said she forgave the killer, saying, “I think he took something very precious away from me. I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you. You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people. May God forgive you and I forgive you.” The mother of victim Tywanza Sanders, 26, said, “May God have mercy on you, every fiber in my body hurts, and I’ll never be the same.”
A police report released Friday said that the killer arrived at the church wearing a fanny pack a little after 8 p.m. Wednesday and joined a Bible study group, after about an hour of studying the Bible the defendant stood up and with malice and aforethought pulled out a handgun and began shooting at the parishioners inside the hall striking nine victims.
It’s not about mental illness, the huge misperception that almost always follows mass shootings by white males, what we hear from most media is that if it’s a Muslim he is a terrorist, if he is black he is a thug, but a white person is just mental illness. A travesty of biased reporting.