Dylann Roof is shown in this Charleston County Sheriff's Office booking photo in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Charleston County Sheriff's Office/Handout FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
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A 21-year-old white man has been charged with nine counts of murder for an attack on a historic black South Carolina church, local police said Friday, with media reporting that he had hoped his actions would incite a race war in the United States.U.S. officials are investigating Roof's attack, in which four ministers were killed including a Democratic state senator, as a hate crime.South Carolina is one of just five U.S. states that does not have a hate crime law, which typically imposes additional penalties on crimes committed because of a victim's race, gender or sexual orientation.In addition to the church's leader and Democratic state Senator Clementa Pinckney, other victims included three pastors -- DePayne Middleton Doctor, 49; Sharonda Coleman Singleton, 45; and Reverend Daniel Simmons, 74 .
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