CHARLESTON, S.C. – The sister of a man accused of shooting and killing nine people in a church massacre is now facing criticism.
Four days before her wedding, Amber Roof’s brother, Dylann Roof, allegedly gunned down nine people attending a Bible study at the church.
Amber was the one who alerted authorities after seeing a picture of her brother from security footage.
Amber Roof created a GoFundMe account on June 27, saying her wedding was canceled due to the shooting at Emanuel AME Church.
Her post read:
“As many of you know Michael and I had to abruptly cancel our wedding day, due to the tragedy that occurred in Charleston. June 21st was supposed to be the happiest day of our lives. It is the day every girl dreams of, it was the day we dreamed of. We had each other, we have the perfect venue, and we had our vows ready to be read. We were ready! We had planned out every detail for months and months. It was going to be the PERFECT day!
Our wedding day was suppose (sic) to be the most important and special day of our lives. It was suppose to start our lives together with our new family. Our day was the exact opposite. Our wedding day was full of sorrow, pain, and shame, tainted by the actions of one man.
The Charleston Massacre took place and our lives were forever changed. The media abused our privacy and published all of our wedding information and destroyed our dream day. Destroying the first day of Michael and my life together.
We cancelled our wedding to protect our family and mourn the lives of those lost. Many friends and family members came into town and took time off of work to be there for us. We could not ask you to do that again.
We would like the chance to start our lives on a positive note. Therefore, we have decided to start a Go Fund Me account. We know money cannot replace the wedding we lost and our perfect day, however it will help us to create new memories and a new start with our new family.
Money raised will be used to cover lost wedding costs, to pay bills, and to send us on our dream honeymoon. 10% of all funds raised will be donated to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. We thank you for any contribution you can make.
Our lives have been forever changed and touched by the love and support you have shown us through this difficult time. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS! GOD BLESS!”
Some people contributed to the fund, saying that they felt sympathy for her situation and her family.
However, she also received several posts that criticized her attempt to raise money in the wake of the tragedy.
“Look I’m sorry your brother screwed up your wedding plans, however I’m way more concerned about the people who lost there (sic) loved ones,” one commenter wrote. “They are trying to afford to bury the people they loved due to the stupidity of your brother.”
After the negative attention, Roof deleted the GoFundMe account.