Amber Roof, Sister of Alleged Charleston Gunman Dylann Roof, Creates GoFundMe Page to Pay for 'Dream Honeymoon' After Massacre Forced Her to Cancel Wedding
"10% of all funds raised will be donated to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church," she writes
Amber Roof, the older sister of alleged Charleston church massacre gunman Dylann Roof, has created a GoFundMe page asking for donations to pay for her wedding and honeymoon after her brother’s actions forced her first wedding to be canceled, PEOPLE confirms.
On the page – which she has since taken down – Amber, who was set to tie the knot with fiancé Michael Tyo on June 21 before her brother was arrested for murdering nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, writes, “Our wedding day was suppose[d] to be the most important and special day of our lives. It was suppose[d] to start our lives together with our new family.”
She continues: “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.”
She goes on to say that no amount of money can “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.”
Amber adds: “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.”
PEOPLE verified that the page belongs to the same Amber Roof who is the sister of Dylann Roof.
Dylann Roof is currently in police custody after being captured a day after the June 17 massacre in North Carolina – just three miles from his future brother-in-law’s house.
Amber’s campaign page had raised more than $1,500 of the $5,000 goal before it was taken down on Thursday afternoon.
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