Mayors Respond to Charleston Church Shooting


Dylann Storm Roof
Dylann Storm Roof

U.S. Conference of Mayors president Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson issued Thursday the following statement in response to the shooting in a Charleston (SC) church.

“While the details of the shooting in a Charleston church are still unclear, the nation’s mayors are sickened by this news. We stand by Mayor Joe Riley, known as the Dean of America’s Mayors, at such a difficult time. Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Charleston and their families.”

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more.

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There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

Meanwhile, law enforcement authorities state that Dylann Storm Roof was allegedly involved in several murders in Charleston, South Carolina.

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Roof allegedly entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church located at 110 Calhoun Street and began shooting church members. Roof was last seen leaving the church area in a black, four-door sedan.

According to FBI, Roof is now in custody.

Photo courtesy: FBI

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