While facts and every indiscretion of Black victims are released within hours of their deaths, information about 21 year old Dylann Roof is trickling in slowly.
Today, NBC News reported that not only did Roof confess to killing those nine people in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, he also told police he “almost didn’t go through with it because everyone was so nice to him.”
Instead, he did go through with a plan he had been hatching for at least six months.
Roof’s former roommate Dalton Tyler told ABC News he had been planning and discussing his act of terror for the majority of the time they’d known each other.
Tyler said he had known Roof for seven months to a year and had just seen him last week.
“He was big into segregation and other stuff. He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself.”
Tyler said he met Roof through a good friend. He also said that Dylann was “on and off” with his parents but they had purchased a gun for him in the past. Many of you may have heard the reports that Dylann’s father gave him the handgun for his 21st birthday this past April.
Tyler said that though his father purchased the gun, he was never allowed to take it with him until this past week.
If I were Tyler I would be too disgusted with himself to be speaking to the media. For six months, half a year, he knew, even if he didn’t believe he’d go through with it, that his roommate was planning this heinous crime and he never reached out to the authorities.