CRIME

Church Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof Celebrated Apartheid, Confederacy

Jun 18, 2015 at 10:29 AM ET

Facebook photos apparently of the suspected Charleston church shooting gunman, Dylann Storm Roof, show him wearing patches associated with apartheid and with a decorative license plate expressing support for the Confederacy.

Roof, a 21-year-old who law enforcement officials have identified as the suspect in the killing of nine people at a prayer meeting inside a historic black church, is shown in what is apparently his Facebook profile picture in a swamp, staring into the camera. He wears a jacket featuring the flags of apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia, which was an apartheid state before it became Zimbabwe. In another picture posted to Facebook by someone who apparently knows him, Roof is shown mugging on the hood of his car, which has a “Confederate States of America” license plate.

Criminal records online show Roof was arrested for trespassing in April of this year; he was also reportedly arrested on a drug charge in March.

We called Roof’s father, Franklin Bennett Roof, who told us he’s “not speaking to any reporters.”

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