DOJ reaches settlements with victims' families in 2015 Charleston church shooting

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DOJ reaches settlements with victims' families in 2015 Charleston church shooting

The Justice Department on Thursday announced it had reached settlements with the families of victims murdered by Dylann Roof in the 2015 Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting.

Families had sued the federal government in 2016 because Roof was able to purchase a gun to carry out the shooting, despite having a prior criminal history.

PHOTO: In this April 10, 2017, file photo, Dylann Roof enters the court room at the Charleston County Judicial Center to enter his guilty plea on murder charges in Charleston, S.C. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP, FILE)
PHOTO: In this April 10, 2017, file photo, Dylann Roof enters the court room at the Charleston County Judicial Center to enter his guilty plea on murder charges in Charleston, S.C. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP, FILE)

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The civil case has since made its way through the court system, with a federal appeals court ruling that families could sue the government.

PHOTO: J. Denise Cromwell, left, hugs her daughter, Asia Cromwell, center, and a friend Sandy Teckledburg outside the Emanuel AME Church after a memorial in Charleston, S.C., June 19, 2015. (Stephen B. Morto/AP Photo)
PHOTO: J. Denise Cromwell, left, hugs her daughter, Asia Cromwell, center, and a friend Sandy Teckledburg outside the Emanuel AME Church after a memorial in Charleston, S.C., June 19, 2015. (Stephen B. Morto/AP Photo)

The shooting, which took place in June 2015 at the Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killed nine African American worshippers.

PHOTO: Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is pictured on Feb. 27, 2020 in Charleston, S.C.  (Jeff Gentner/Getty Images for SiriusXM, FILE)
PHOTO: Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is pictured on Feb. 27, 2020 in Charleston, S.C. (Jeff Gentner/Getty Images for SiriusXM, FILE)

"These settlements will resolve claims by 14 plaintiffs arising out of the shooting. Plaintiffs agreed to settle claims alleging that the FBI was negligent when it failed to prohibit the sale of a gun by a licensed firearms dealer to the shooter, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, who wanted to start a “race war” and specifically targeted the 200-year-old historically African-American congregation. For those killed in the shooting, the settlements range from $6 million to $7.5 million per claimant. For the survivors, the settlements are for $5 million per claimant," the Justice Department said in a statement.

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Roof, an avowed white supremacist, was sentenced to death, the first person to get the death penalty for a federal hate crime.

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