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Dylann Roof found guilty of South Carolina church killings

CONVICTED: Dylann Roof

DYLAN ROOF has been officially convicted of killing nine black people in a church massacre in South Carolina.

It took the 12 jurors over two hours to convict 22-year-old Dylann Roof on all 33 counts he faced, including federal hate crimes. The white supremacist will also find out next month if he will receive the death penalty.

As well as the hate crimes, jurors also found him guilty of obstructing the exercise of religion for those he shot.

The attack took place in 2015 during Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and shocked the nation.

Roof told police he wanted to start a race war and was photographed holding the Civil War battle flag – which to many African-Americans and black people around the world – is a symbol of hate.

The slaying of these nine black lives led to the flag being removed from the South Carolina statehouse, where it had flown for 50 years.

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