Sister of gunman makes wedding appeal
July 2, 2015 6:39 pm
A fundraising website launched by the sister of a gunman who killed 9 people at a US church has been taken down after heavy criticism on social media.
A page set up in the name of Amber Roof had called for donations to pay for her wedding, which was cancelled after the attack on the church in South Carolina.
She said her wedding day had been “tainted by the actions of one man”.
Dylann Roof was charged with nine counts of murder for the attack on African-American church in Charleston.
Ms Roof was due to marry her partner Michael on 21 June, four days after the attack on the Emanuel AME Church.
Writing on their fundraising page, the couple said their “lives were forever changed” by the event, adding that the media “abused our privacy” by publishing details about their wedding.
They said they had cancelled their wedding “to protect our family and mourn the lives of those lost”.
The money would help “to cover lost wedding costs, to pay bills, and to send us on our dream honeymoon”, they wrote.
The couple added that they would give 10% of funds raised to the church in Charleston.