Who are Dylann Roof’s parents Franklin and Amelia?

WHITE supremacist Dylann Roof is facing the death penalty after being found guilty of the murder of nine people.

As the case has been brought back into the public spotlight, we explain what we know about Dylann’s family background including his upbringing.

Dylann Roof was charged with nine counts of murder in 2015

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Dylann Roof was charged with nine counts of murder in 2015

Who are Dylann Roof’s parents?

Dylann was born on April 3, 1994, in Columbia, South Carolina, to Franklin Bennett Roof and Amelia Cowles.

His parents had divorced but were temporarily reconciled at the time of his birth.

Franklin Bennett Roof 

Dylan's father Franklin, is believed to have provided him the gun

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Dylan’s father Franklin, is believed to have provided him the gunCredit: Getty

Franklin, who is known as Benn, is a carpenter and construction contractor.

To many of his neighbours at his house in Columbia, he is an “easygoing guy” who likes to take holidays in Florida.  

After divorcing Dylann’s biological mother Amelia, he married Paige Mann in 1998,  who essentially raised Dylann and his older sister Amber.

The couple were together for ten years before a divorce was filed in 2009 as Paige alleged that Franklin had assaulted her, reported the Mail Online.

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Six years later, following his son’s horrific murderous spree, the Mail also reported, that he had provided him the gun.

Amelia Cowles

Amelia Cowles is the biological mother of Dylan Roof and reportedly a bartender.

She divorced Dylan’s father Franklin – prior to his birth – having also given birth to his older sister Amber.

Prior to Dylan’s actions, it was reported that he was living alternately in Bennett’s and Cowles’ homes in downtown Columbia and Hopkins respectively.

Who are Dylann Roof siblings?

Amber Roof

Amber Roof is Dylann’s older sister and the daughter of his biological mother Amelia.

The Mail reported that Amber was the person responsible for calling authorities to report her own brother as she saw surveillance photos on television.

Her call led to an overnight manhunt that ended with Roof’s arrest soon after.

The outlet added, from sources close to the family, that Amber had been due to get married the week after and was forced to cancel after the tragedy brought on by her brother.

Morgan Roof

Morgan Roof is the younger half-sister of Dylann and was predominantly raised by her mother Paige.

Little else is known.

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