South Carolina

Dylann Roof's jurors worship at church where he massacred 9

  • FILE -In this Friday, June 19, 2015 file photo, the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. lead a crowd of people in prayer outside the Emanuel AME Church, after a memorial for the nine people killed by Dylann Roof in Charleston, S.C. Nearly a month after returning a death sentence against Roof for the racist church massacre, the jurors in his case visited the house of worship on Feb. 5, 2017, for a Sunday service. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

    FILE -In this Friday, June 19, 2015 file photo, the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. lead a crowd of people in prayer outside the Emanuel AME Church, after a memorial for the nine people killed by Dylann Roof in Charleston, S.C. Nearly a month after returning a death sentence against Roof for the racist church massacre, the jurors in his case visited the house of worship on Feb. 5, 2017, for a Sunday service. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. Nearly a month after returning a death sentence against Roof for the racist church massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., the jurors in his case visited the house of worship on Feb. 5, 2017, for a Sunday service. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

    FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. Nearly a month after returning a death sentence against Roof for the racist church massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., the jurors in his case visited the house of worship on Feb. 5, 2017, for a Sunday service. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Nearly a month after returning a death sentence against Dylann Roof for a racist church massacre, the jurors in his case visited the house of worship for a Sunday service.

In a newspaper opinion piece, the 18 jurors and alternates said Emanuel AME pastor the Rev. Eric Manning identified them only as "civil servants" at the Feb. 5 service. They signed the piece using only their first names.

They also went to the fellowship hall where Roof killed nine black worshippers at a June 2015 Bible study.

They said it was surreal yet also therapeutic to see children playing and church members socializing where they had seen only horror in photos and videos during the trial.

The piece was published Sunday in the Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/2lOszB8).