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CHARLESTON, S.C. – 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.