1. Dylan Roof has been convicted of federal murder and hate crimes for killing nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. He became the first person convicted of a federal hate crime to get the death penalty. Some would say that Roof deserves to die, rather than live out the rest of his life in prison, for taking nine lives. He should face punishment that fits his crime.
2. But others disagree. As CNN reports, there are at least two family members of the shooting victims who don't want Dylan Roof dead. Ethel Lance's children, Esther Lance and Sharon Risher, both said they were conflicted about it. Esther said her mother would not have wanted Roof to die. Sharon said she is opposed to the death penalty because of her faith. Human rights expert Rick Halperin said that the death penalty is "the most fundamental human rights violation of any country in the world, including our own."
3. So, should Dylan Roof be sentenced to death?