Families of Emanuel 9 ready for Dylann Roof's trial to begin

Families of Emanuel 9 ready for Dylann Roof's trial to begin
Published: Aug. 31, 2016 at 8:37 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2016 at 10:47 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The families of the Emanuel 9 are ready for the shooter's trial to begin, according to the son of one of the worshipers killed in the massacre.

While the Dylann Roof trial will be emotionally difficult for the families of those killed, Dan Simmons, Junior said,"Everyone is looking to get this done."

Well over a year after losing his father, Simmons talked about the upcoming trial of the confessed shooter.

Both Simmons and his cousin Al Miller, believed the case would have moved more quickly.

"Just that waiting, anticipating, we thought it should have been over," said Al Miller, who is a family member, and was close to Reverend Dan Simmons, one of those shot and killed that night in June of 2015.

Hearing the case unfold will be a challenge.

"My main thing is not hearing something for the first time as we're in the middle of the trial, said Simmons."

"I'd like to get that information ahead of time to process it so it's a part of the healing process for me," he continued.

More troubling, he admits, will be hearing details in court.

"I'm in a good place emotionally and spiritually, and I want to stay in a good place as we're now beginning to get into the trial," Simmons explained.

Facing the suspect in court, for Simmons, will be much the same as it was at the bond hearing.

"Forgiving is a huge part of your inner man," he said. Simmons continued, "I walk through that peace every day."

Simmons said the families are very aware the world will be watching as the trial draws closer.

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