The sister of accused Charleston, South Carolina, shooter Dylann Roof reportedly called off her wedding, which was slated to take place this coming Sunday.
According to reports, 27-year-old Amber Roof was scheduled to marry fiancé Michael Tyo, an Army Reserve recruiter, on Sunday in Lexington, South Carolina. Following the massacre at Emanuel AME church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, she contacted the FBI and identified her brother as the man who shot and killed nine people.
Her call began a manhunt that lead to the 21-year-old’s arrest in Shelby, North Carolina, on Thursday morning. Roof was caught after florist Debbie Dills recognized his car from the police description while driving and followed it until police arrived. Tyo allegedly lives just three miles from where Roof was captured.
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Roof was, interestingly enough, not to be included in his sister’s wedding party. The siblings’ grandfather was set to perform the ceremony. The couple became engaged last November at Rock Ranch in Georgia.
“Michael had the proposal planned for a couple of weeks,” Amber wrote on the couple’s wedding site. “He had called the Rock Ranch and told them his plan. They agreed and were more than happy to help.”
Roof’s public defender issued a statement on behalf of the family on Friday, offering their “deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims."
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“Words cannot express our shock, grief and disbelief as to what happened that night,” the statement read. "We are devastated and saddened by what occurred. We offer our prayers [and] sympathy for all of those impacted by these events.”
A rescheduled date for the wedding has not been announced and the venue, Mitchell House and Gardens, declined to comment on any details.
“Our policy has always been not to discuss our brides and bridegrooms,” Mitchell House Wedding Director Karen Petit said.
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