The government of USA will pay 88 million dollars to the families of the victims and the survivors of the attack by a white racist who in 2015 killed nine people in a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
“For the people who died in the shooting, compensation ranges from 6 to 7.5 million dollars and for five survivors those payments are 5 million for each plaintiff”, reported the Department of Justice.
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On June 17, 2015, Dylann RoofThe 21-year-old attended a Bible course at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and, after class, returned to the temple and began shooting with a .45 Glock pistol.
Roof he escaped from the temple and was arrested shortly after by the local police. The attacker had carried eight magazines loaded with hollow point bullets.
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Fourteen plaintiffs sued the government alleging that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had been negligent when it failed to prevent Roof from selling a firearm.
Under federal law, firearms buyers must submit to a background check when purchasing from a federally licensed armory. Normally, the process takes a few minutes, but if the federal agency has not responded within three days, the sale is at the discretion of the gunsmith.
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Roof, who bought the pistol with money his father gave him when he turned 21, took advantage of that detail of the federal law on background checks to acquire the semi-automatic weapon with which he perpetrated his attack.
The man declared that his intention had been to unleash “a race war” and that he had deliberately chosen that congregation, with a black majority, founded two centuries ago.
“The massacre at the Emanuel Church was a horrible hate crime that caused immeasurable suffering to the families of the victims and to the survivors ”, US Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.
“Since the day of the attack, the Department of Justice has sought to give justice to the community, first with the successful trial of the crime, and today with the resolution of civil lawsuits,” he added.
In December 2016, Roof he was convicted of all the charges that hung over him and was sentenced to the death penalty.
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