Ms Pinckney, who survived the shooting, was also accompanied by her two daughters, Eliana and Malana.
“When I was 6 years old when this terrible massacre happened, I didn’t know my father was such a great inspiration to people all over the world,” said Malana. “So something I want to leave you here today is just because you came from nothing, doesn’t mean you can’t be something.” “
Eliana added: “My sister and I will go home realizing that the government has not been silent, but they have been careful, and they have enjoyed my father’s life and they are enjoying the lives of the other eight deceased. . ”
Mr Roof, who was 21 at the time, had been authorized to purchase the .45 caliber handgun he had used in the murders due to a failure of the federal weapons background check system on fire, the FBI said.
On June 17, 2015, Mr. Roof entered the church fellowship hall and was offered a place for Bible study. After about 40 minutes, when the eyes of the parishioners were closed for prayer, Mr. Roof began firing seven hollow point cartridge magazines.
Mr. Roof, a white supremacist, was sentenced to death by a federal jury in 2017.
Weeks after the shooting, James B. Comey, the director of the FBI at the time, said Mr. Roof exploited a three-day waiting period that allowed thousands of banned buyers to buy legally. firearms.
The Justice Department’s inspector general had been investigating the three-day loophole for some time, Comey said.