Dylann Roof, accused killer of nine churchgoers in the horrific June 17 shooting in Charleston, S.C., left few traces of his time in the Florida Keys.
Roof, now 21, lived in the Lower Keys with father Franklin Bennett Roof and stepmother Paige from about 2005 to 2008.
Funerals for the victims of the murders at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston began Thursday. President Obama was scheduled to deliver the Friday eulogy for slain pastor Clementa Pinckney.
Dylann S. Roof would have been around age 11 to 14 during his time in the Keys. No information about Roof attending schools in Monroe County has surfaced.
Roof “is not listed in … our student database,” an aide to Monroe County School District Superintendent Mark Porter said in an e-mail response to a query.
Roof’s father, best known as Benn, apparently has a fondness for Key West and the Keys. According the U.K. Daily Mail, Matt Shearer, a neighbor of Benn Roof in Columbia, S.C., described the elder Roof: “Benn likes a beer, he likes going to Key West. He’s got lots of tattoos, sailor tattoos.”
Paige and Benn Roof were married by a Key West notary public in November 1998, Monroe County records show. They divorced about a decade later, after Paige left the Keys with her daughter and Dylann Roof to return to South Carolina.
The couple owned a canalfront stilt home in Cutthroat Harbor Estates on Cudjoe Key, purchased in late 2007 for about $435,000.
After the real-estate crash, the home was put up for sale in 2012 and eventually reclaimed by mortgage holder Bank of America in March 2014.
Benn Roof reportedly traveled frequently for his work as a construction contractor.
Two companies affiliated with Franklin B. Roof – Bennett Construction and Bennett Properties – were incorporated in Florida in 2004 and 2005, respectively, state records show. Both firms now are listed as inactive.
County records indicate the companies owned or had an interest in a two-bedroom Mickens Lane house in Key West, which they planned to remodel in 2005 or 2006. The property was sold in April 2010 for $368,000.
Dylann Roof reportedly dropped out of high school during his freshman year South Carolina. Aimless, he eventually became interested in racist writing. News reports indicate Roof sought to start a race war with his rampage.