MVFR Disappointed by AG Choice To Seek Death Penalty for Accused Mother Emanuel Mass Murderer Dylann Roof
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MVFR DISAPPOINTED BY AG DEATH DECISION FOR DYLANN ROOF
Raleigh, NC - Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR), expresses its profound disappointment over the decision of United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to pursue the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the accused murderer of nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, South Carolina.
As the oldest national anti-death penalty organization that is led by members of victims’ families, MVFR understands the life-altering feelings of sadness, outrage, grief and brokenness that are visited upon those whose loved ones were brutally taken away through murder. Furthermore, MVFR maintains that every homicide, regardless of methods, number of victims, contexts, or levels of public knowledge, is a catastrophic, heinous act that requires the full attention of law enforcement personnel and officers of the judicial system to bring murderers to justice.
MVFR Charleston staff attended "Hands Around the State House", a gun rally orchestrated by Project Unity, a SC non-profit which aims to build stronger communities by reducing crime. The rally, which took place at the State House in Columbia, SC, pushed for more extensive background checks when purchasing firearms. SC State Senator Marlon Kimpson, who represents District 42 in Charleston, also the same district as MVFR's Charleston office is located, spoke at the rally along with Alana Simmons, granddaughter of slain Mother Emanuel massacre victim, Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr. Mother's Demand Action, a national group of mothers who have lost a child to gun violence was also present at the rally. "Let's keep working to close the loopholes. Fired up," said Senator Kimpson. Below are a few pictures from the rally as well as a link the Charleston's Post & Courier piece about the rally.
More than two hours after Vernon Madison was scheduled to be executed Thursday by the state of Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding a lower court's stay of execution, saying there should be more time to review his claim that he is no longer competent because of strokes and dementia. For weeks, Madison's attorneys from the Montgomery-based nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative had been seeking a stay from state and federal courts since the execution date was set in March.