South Carolina prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case of Dylann Roof, who is charged with the murder of 9 people in a Charleston church.
BBC reports that prosecutor Scarlett Wilson said that the killings were the “ultimate crime” that deserve the “ultimate punishment.” In addition to nine murder charges, Roof is also facing several federal hate crime charges.
The killings are thought to be racially motivated. Shortly after the killings, photos surfaced online of Roof posing with a confederate flag, often identified as an image of slavery. Additionally, Mother Emmanuel Church is nationally known as a historically black church.
Wilson said that victims families respected the decision to seek the death penalty, despite it being against faith of some, and others feeling that the death penalty was “too easy.”
Wilson went on to say that “others believe that the death penalty for the murders at Mother Emmanuel Church is entirely appropriate.”