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Wedding crowdfunding page for Charleston shooting suspect's sister pulled down

Screenshot of the GoFundMe page seeking donations for Amber Roof's wedding. Screenshot of the GoFundMe page seeking donations for Amber Roof's wedding.
Dylann Roof (Photo source: Charleston County Police) Dylann Roof (Photo source: Charleston County Police)

CHARLESTON, SC (WMBF) – The sister of the man accused in the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston was seeking online donations for her wedding, which was originally scheduled for June 21 and was canceled after the tragedy allegedly brought on by her brother, Dylann Roof. 

“As many of you know Michael and I had to abruptly cancel our wedding day, due to the tragedy that occurred in Charleston,” Amber Roof stated on the GoFundMe page titled “A Fresh Start For Michael and Amber.” The page was pulled down on Thursday afternoon.

“Our wedding day was suppose [sic] to be the most important and special day of our lives,” the page reads. “It was suppose [sic] 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.”

According to FBI sources, Amber Roof has been identified as the person who called authorities to identify Dylann Roof as the suspected Charleston killer after seeing surveillance photos.

Dylann Roof remains locked up at the Al Cannon Detention Center following his extradition from North Carolina and a bond hearing, charged with nine counts of murder and one count of possession of a deadly weapon in the commission of a violent crime. 

“We cancelled our wedding to protect our family and mourn the lives of those lost,” Amber Roof states. “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.”

According to the GoFundMe page, the money raised will cover the lost wedding costs, pay bills, and send the couple on their dream honeymoon. Ten percent of the funds will be donated to the Emanuel AME Church, the site of the shooting that left nine parishioners dead.

The page was created on June 28, and raised $1,545 of the $5,000 goal with donations from 31 people before being pulled down.

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