In the annals of bad taste, setting up a GoFundMe page to offset the cost of your canceled wedding because your brother committed a possible hate crime and terrorist act ranks up there. But that's just what accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof's sister did. Thursday afternoon, amid criticism and negative media attention, she took the page down, reports WBTV.
Roof started the page after writing to say she was forced to cancel her wedding, set to take place four days after Roof is accused of killing nine black churchgoers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, during Bible study on June 17. The act has been widely viewed as a hate crime and potentially an act of terrorism.
In the GoFundMe request, Amber Roof asked for $5,000 to pay for her wedding, originally set for June 21.
"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," Amber wrote in the GoFundMe post. She wrote that she would donate 10 percent of the money raised to Emanuel AME.
In a WSOC-TV Facebook post reporting the news, many commenters reacted negatively to Roof's recently taken down GoFundMe page.
Tomacka Jenkins wrote: "What in the hell is she thinking? Your brother just killed 9 ppl and you want ppl to pay for you wedding!! Wooooow!!"
Zandra Westone agreed: "She IS NOT A VICTIM!! the 9 people that lost their lives & their grieving families are!! The fact that she's asking for donations for her wedding is tactless & ridiculous why not donate all the funds to the victims families smh."
But at least one commenter, Rebekke Lindsay, was sympathetic: "So sad. She was trying to be a decent human being by doing the right thing. She was even the one who tipped the police off to her brother... if she had gone ahead with the wedding there would have been an uproar. Those of you condemning her are the scumbags. She cannot choose her relatives, but made the best possible choices in a horrible situation. If I had it, I would give her double."