Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said this morning on “Fox and Friends” that his niece knew the Charleston shooter who claimed the lives of nine people at a historically black church.

Dylann Roof, 21, opened fire on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night.

Graham said that his niece, Emily, took eighth-grade English with Roof and that they went to high school together for a while. Graham said his niece remembered Roof as "strange, quiet, withdrawn," adding that "everyone thought he was on drugs."

Roof reportedly dropped out of school after ninth grade. The 2016 presidential candidate said that this shooting doesn't represent Charleston.

“This guy doesn’t represent anything more than just being a sick, twisted 21-year-old,” Graham said. “If his goal was to start a race riot, he failed miserably because everybody in this state is grieving together.”

Graham also remembered state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who was among the nine people murdered at the church.

“Every time he walked in a room you would smile, ‘cause you knew somethin’ good was gonna happen,” Graham said.


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