(July 2, 2015) – The sister of accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her wedding and “dream honeymoon.”
Amber Roof was scheduled to marry Army recruiter Michael Tyo on June 21 in Lexington South Carolina.
However, the wedding was abruptly cancelled following the mass shooting that took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston on June 17.
Out of respect for the victims, Roof and Tyo cancelled their wedding, but as a result, they lost some money.
On June 27, the couple started a GoFundMe campaign to recover the costs they lost.
The full GoFundMe post read:
Dear Family & Friends,
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 suppose 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 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 postive 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 contrabution you can make.
Our lives have been forever changed and touched by all the love and support you have shown us through this difficult time. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS! GOD BLESS!
Roof and Tyo were hoping to raise $5,000 and as of Thursday they raised $1,619.
Some donors left messages expressing sympathy for the couple, however, many people were very upset with the campaign and very critical of Roof’s apparent lack of sensitivity.
The campaign was taken down by the GoFundMe website Thursday afternoon.
The couple’s wedding registry is still up on TheKnot.com.