South Carolina

Church members join relatives in grief, anger at gunman

  • Rose Simmons, the daughter of Rev. Daniel Simmons, Sr., poses with a photograph of her father outside of U.S. District Court in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, hours after Judge Richard Gergel formally confirmed jurors on Tuesday sentenced Dylann Roof to death. Simmons said Roof killed her father and eight others at Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

    Rose Simmons, the daughter of Rev. Daniel Simmons, Sr., poses with a photograph of her father outside of U.S. District Court in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, hours after Judge Richard Gergel formally confirmed jurors on Tuesday sentenced Dylann Roof to death. Simmons said Roof killed her father and eight others at Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. A federal jury has sentenced Roof to death for killing nine black church members in a racially motivated attack in 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

    FILE - In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. A federal jury has sentenced Roof to death for killing nine black church members in a racially motivated attack in 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)  (The Associated Press)

It wasn't just the family members of the nine people Dylann Roof killed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church who suffered. Their church family grieved too.

Along with the 32 family members of victims, three people connected to Emanuel AME Church spoke as Roof was formally sentenced to death Wednesday in federal court.

Ruby Martin says she's the church's most senior member and it took her weeks after the June 2015 massacre before she could return to worship.

There were laughter and tears; love and hate; anger and forgiveness; despair and hope at Wednesday's hearing. Some shouted at Roof, wishing him to be condemned to hell. Others offered forgiveness.

The hearing was a formality after a jury sentenced Roof to death Tuesday.