Sister of Charleston 'gunman' fundraises for wedding costs after 'perfect day' was ruined following black church massacre
The sister of the man responsible for killing nine people in a black church last month launched an online campaign to raise funds for her rescheduled nuptials.
Amber Roof's brother Dylan was the gunman who stands accused of shooting dead the community leaders during a bible session at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina.
Ms Roof maintains the tragedy forced her to cancel her planned wedding - and set up a GoFundMe page in order to raise money for "wedding costs, to pay bills, and to send us on our dream honeymoon".
In her public plea on the crowdfunding site, she said that "money cannot replace the wedding we lost and our perfect day" due to the Charlestown tragedy.
"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 supposed 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 supposed to be the most important and special day of our lives.
"It was supposed 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 ..."
The page attracted a number of negative attention before the "self-centred and insensitive" fundraising page was removed on Thursday.
"“I can’t imagine the anguish and sorrow that your own brother has inflicted on so many wonderful and kind people and all the while, you are fantasising about letting others fund your honeymoon!!,” she wrote.
Despite this, the campaign raised just over $1,600 before the page was closed "by the campaign organiser.