In recent weeks, Dylann Storm Roof reconnected with a childhood buddy he hadn't seen in five years and started railing about the Trayvon Martin case, about black people "taking over the world" and about the need for something to be done for "the white race," the friend said Thursday.
On Thursday, Roof was arrested in the shooting deaths of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston — an attack decried by community leaders and politicians as a hate crime.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Joseph Meek Jr. said he and Roof had been best friends in middle school but lost touch when Roof moved away about five years ago the two reconnected a few weeks ago after Roof reached out to Meek on Facebook. Meek said
Roof never talked about race years ago when they were friends, but recently made remarks about the killing of unarmed black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida and the riots in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
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