Nine People in Charleston are Dead for No Reason. Does Anybody Understand This?

Nine People in Charleston are Dead for No Reason. Does Anybody Understand This? June 18, 2015

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Charleston. Photo Source Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Share Alike License by By Spencer Means from New York City, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Charleston. Photo Source Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Share Alike License by By Spencer Means from New York City, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Nine people at prayer.

A young man enters the church and sits down with them. Then, after an hour, he pulls out a gun and shoots them.

The murdered are African American. The murderer is white.

The motive is said to be race.

I don’t understand it. I mean, I really don’t.

How, why, would anyone do something like this?

It appears that the black people made the white guy welcome. That would be in keeping with the beautiful hospitality I have experienced every time I’ve attended a black church service.

What evil infects the minds of people who kill others for no reason?

I do not understand.

I’ve come to realize that I will never understand.

All I know is that those nine good people who had their prayers interrupted by their own deaths got the best of this. They are almost certainly in heaven right now, singing and dancing before the throne of God.

From The New York Times:

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The man suspected of killing nine people at a prayer meeting at a historic black church in this city’s downtown area was caught on Thursday some 200 miles away in North Carolina, local and federal officials said.

After an intensive, 14-hour manhunt for the man who carried out a massacre that officials are calling racially motivated, Dylann Storm Roof, 21, “was arrested in Shelby, N.C., during a traffic stop” shortly after 11 a.m., said Greg Mullen, the Charleston police chief.

The police here say Mr. Roof, who is white, is suspected of being the gunman who walked into the prayer meeting Wednesday night, sat down with black parishioners for nearly an hour, and then opened fire.

 

For more commentary read Lisa Hendey’s Prayers for Precious Souls Lost in Charleston Shooting.  


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10 responses to “Nine People in Charleston are Dead for No Reason. Does Anybody Understand This?”

  1. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon them.
    There is a Charleston news report that Roof was on SSRI drugs for depression. It may be another case of mental illness combined with evil.

  2. I don’t understand either, Rebecca. The motivation/reason why anyone does something as horrible as this is beyond comprehension. I expect to hear via the news that he has a history of mental problems etc. (if found guilty, of course), he should pay the price by being committed to an institution for life if indeed he claims mental illness. Obviously I’m speculating, and perhaps wrongly. Unfortunately whatever happens, nothing will bring back those that died.

  3. Listen to TV, racism is coming to the fore as a motive, but that probably doesn’t matter. Though not martyrs for their faith, per se, they died practicing their faith, and that’s a sort of martyrdom.

    Another must came to my attention tonight. MLK III and Alveda King had a grandmother murdered because of her faith, as she played the Church Organ. I though of Bl. O

  4. Though not martyrs for their faith, per se, they died practicing their faith, and that’s a sort of martyrdom.

    Another thing came to my attention tonight. MLK III and Alveda King had a grandmother murdered because of her faith, as she played the Church Organ. I thought of Bl. Oscar Romero, murdered as he celebrated Mass.

    The Anglicans have a children’s song (which means I love it) : I Sing a Song of the Saints of God. It’s about ordinary people who, if we could see it, are saints. One very ordinary woman heard God telling her to follow a man and that led to apprehension of the shooter.

    Life is wonderful. Our good God has filled the world with good and beautiful things. Good and wonderful people.

  5. I think it is a combination of SSRI drugs and Evil. I am not sure the underlying mental illness is to blame.

  6. As we as a country get further from God, individuals in this country are more vulnerable to the demonic than we used to be. If I remember correctly, the first of the modern school shootings was in a Christian group at Heath High School outside Paducah, KY. Somebody doesn’t like Christians and uses fallen human beings to kill them.

  7. The reason that this happened is that Dylann entered into a pact with Satan. Do you know the story of John Lennon and Mark David Chapman? As Dylann stated after having met with the individuals at church that day he almost changed his mind. Chapman made the same statement, but Satan took over their souls and that is what happened.

  8. I understand it. Just another situation where someone shouldn’t have had access to guns.

    Yes, he could have stabbed them with a knife instead or ran them over with his car blah blah blah.

  9. Access to guns makes the social expression of this sort of antipathy more destructive. (This seems compounded by the social valuing of guns among the subcultures where such antipathy is prevalent.) As such, it seems a significant part of the problem, and I don’t begrudge anyone the time they spend focused on addressing it.

    Contrariwise, it would seems a mistake to think that excessive access to guns is the whole of the problem.