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A jury has sentenced to death the man who murdered nine people in a Charleston church basement in 2015.

The twelve jurors deliberated for about three hours before sentencing Dylann Roof, 22, to die. To impose the death penalty, they had to reach a unanimous decision.

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Watch the video of President Obama's eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who, along with eight others, was killed during a Bible study last week in Charleston, South Carolina.

Saying Goodbye To Rev. Clementa Pinckney

Jun 26, 2015

Thousands of mourners are gathered Friday to hear President Barack Obama pay tribute to the pastor and eight parishioners of the Emanuel AME Church today.

The nine were slain at the church during a Bible study session last week in what authorities are investigating as a racially-motivated attack.

Today’s service for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state senator, promised to be another wrenching but cathartic occasion for the community to say goodbye to the victims.

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The shooting deaths of nine people during a prayer service at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina Wednesday night reawakened memories of a similar event for a Fort Worth congregation in 1999.