Son of Eldest Charleston Massacre Victim Speaks

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The only son of the oldest victim killed during the Charleston church slaughter says his mother loved to sing and play games.

Walter Jackson Sr. testified Friday that his mother, Susie Jackson, was the heart of her large family and made sure everyone got to church. He said his mother cooked wonderful food, a talent she passed on to him.

Walter Jackson Jr. says attending church with his “Grandma Susie” at Mother Emanuel AME would sometimes be an all-day affair. But he says the family looked forward to sharing the experience with her.

Witnesses have been testifying this week in the sentencing trial of Dylann Roof, who faces a possible execution for his role in the shootings. Prosecutors have said they expect to finish their case Monday.

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