Debbie Dills thought the black Hyundai next to her at a stoplight looked familiar — it had a South Carolina tag and a white decal on the front. Her heart raced when she saw the driver, the bowlcut-wearing white man who authorities say killed nine people in a black church in Charleston.
Police say her quick thinking helped bring 21-year-old Dylann Roof into custody after an intense, nearly daylong manhunt.
She called it a matter of “divine intervention.”
Dills was running late on her way to work in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, when she noticed the car at a stoplight on Highway 74. The news reports from the night before hit home for Dills, a part-time minister of music at a Baptist church, and left her devastated on the way to work. She said she sang religious hymns and prayed for the victims along the way.
The car looked familiar. “At first I thought, nah, it couldn’t be,” Dills said. “I didn’t want to overreact.”
But after she looked into the car and saw the driver, she began to get increasingly nervous.
She quickly pulled off the main highway and called her friend and boss, Todd Frady, asking what to do.
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