A federal jury on Tuesday condemned unrepentant white supremacist Dylann Roof to death for the June 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina Bible study class.
Roof stood stone-faced, showing no emotion, as U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel announced the jury's unanimous verdict, which came after about three hours of deliberation.
Relatives and friends of the victims were quiet. Some left court smiling and embracing.
"Today we had justice for my sister," Melvin Graham, the brother of slain churchgoer Cynthia Hurd, said outside the courthouse. "This is a very hollow victory because my sister is still gone."