Brother of man who drove into restaurant, killed family members apologizes to community

- The brother of the man who rammed his car into a restaurant Sunday in Bessemer City, killing two of his family members and injuring three others, apologized to the community Wednesday for his brother’s actions.

“We want you to know that we’re sorry for this moment, these events and what they have brought upon Gaston County,” Monty Self said.

Roger Self, a former police officer and businessman, went to church with his family Sunday and then got up from the lunch table at the Surf and Turf Restaurant and plowed his car into the building, killing his own daughter, Katelyn Self, a Gaston County Sheriff’s deputy, and his daughter-in-law Amanda Self, a nurse.

Roger’s son, Josh Self, a Gaston County Police officer, Roger’s wife, Diane, and his 13-year-old granddaughter were injured when the car rammed into the restaurant.

Monty was emotional during a press conference Wednesday as he read a statement about the support the family has received.

“We simply say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your family, your prayers, your acts of kindness will forever be remembered.”

Monty says he still loves his brother.          

“Roger Self has been and always will be a loved family member. As many can understand, many questions exist in our minds with regard to his health and actions.”

Earlier this week, Roger’s pastor said Roger has been struggling recently with severe anxiety and depression, and his family has been helping him seek treatment.

Now, the family is asking for privacy and time to grieve the deaths of Kate and Amanda.

“We know one day we will be reunited with them.”

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