Family Releases Statement On Gaston Co. Man Accused Of Crashing Car Into Restaurant, Killing Two
The brother of Roger Self, Monty Self, spoke Wednesday afternoon at the Gaston County Police Department following the tragic incident Sunday afternoon that left two family members dead and several others injured.
Self released his full statement following the news conference, which you can read below.
“The following is the formal statement on behalf of the Self Family; May 23, 2018
We would like to begin by thanking all First Responders and Law Enforcement, specifically the Gastonia Police Department and Chief Robert C. Helton; Gaston County Police Department and Chief Joseph Ramey; Gaston County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Alan Cloninger and Chief Deputy Kim Johnson; Bessemer City Police and Chief Thomas Ellis; and the assistance provided by the Charlotte-Mecklen-burg Police Department. There were multitudes of others serving in the capacity of Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Technicians whose names are not mentioned but, we are forever grateful to you for your service to our family, and this community.
To the community of Gaston County, we want you to know that we are sorry for this moment, these events, and what they have brought upon you. Gaston County has been our home and our family would never want to be anything other than neighbors and friends that contribute in a positive way to the quali-ty of life we all long for, and associate with, our great community. We realize that the last 48 hours plus have been difficult and challenging for many more than just our family. We are especially mindful of the owners, staff, and patrons of the Surf and Turf Lodge.
At this time we still have family members battling the physical ramifications of this event; Josh Self and Diane Self. We want to thank all who have cared for them including again the critical First Responders, and the Doctors, the Nurses and the Staff at CaroMont Regional Medical Center and Carolinas Medical Center, who continue daily to see to their well-being. As a family, much of our time in the near future will be doing all we can to support Josh and Diane in their healing process.
To those friends, and extended family, who have reached out to us in so many ways. We simply say thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. Your prayers and acts of kindness will forever be remembered by our family and we most definitely treasure your kindness, thoughts, and prayers.
The Self family has always been firm believers in the rule of law and the judicial process backed by a family history of active service and highest regard. We continue to do so and exercise the trust we have always had that the process, and system, will work for the rights, and needs, of all involved. Roger Self has been, and always will be, loved by this family. As many can understand, many questions exist in our minds with regard to his health and actions. Like many, we will continue to seek for, and pray for, an-swers. As we have done, we will continue to do all that we can to see that Roger receives the help he needs as the process of being held responsible for his actions, as it should be, unfold in the days ahead.
Information regarding any memorial or funeral services for Kate Self and Amanda Self will be made avail-able through the traditional processes of communicating such events.
Please regard this as the formal statement from the Self family in response to this event. Some members of the Self family who were present and involved in the event have not been mentioned specifically by name out of respect for their privacy. What we would like to ask is that we now be given time, and priva-cy, to care for our family; especially those who remain in hospitals.
As the media continues to exercise the solemn duty they have, our hope is that an awareness will be raised that will help some other individual, or family, find the answers they desperately seek and need for those they love.
Finally, there is a Darkness in this world, in our cities, towns, and neighborhoods that seeks to devour and destroy lives. As individuals, families, and communities we must always be on guard. Our faith at times seems as though it does not fully protect us. But our faith assures us that no matter the darkest of days in this life, our ultimate home, eternal home, is a place of glorious light in God’s presence. Kate Self and Amanda Self knew this to be true and now, because they believed this, they are experiencing His presence and we know, one day, we will be reunited with them.”
Original Story – May 21, 2018
BESSEMER CITY, NC – A community is grieving after a father is accused of killing members of his own family. Family and friends say mental illness led Roger Self to plow his SUV into a restaurant.
Self quietly entered a Gaston County Courtroom Monday, facing two counts of first-degree murder. He had few words, other than to request a court-appointed attorney.
Behind him, family members held back tears, still in shock that the beloved father could hurt his own family.
“What happened yesterday was not a testimony of Roger Self, but a testimony of mental illness that absolutely overtook him,” says the family’s pastor Austin Rammell.
Rammell says Self began showing signs of severe depression about two months ago. He says Self was suffering from mental illness when he left the table where he was eating lunch Sunday, crashing his SUV into the Surf and Town Lodge in Bessemer City.
Self’s daughter, Gaston County Sheriff’s Deputy Kate Self was killed. His daughter-in-law Amanda Self also died, she was an ER nurse at Caramont Hospital in Gastonia.
His son Josh Self, a Gaston County Police Officer and wife Dianne are in critical, but stable condition at the hospital.
Rammell says it’s not the Roger Self anyone knew.
“He deeply loved his family. He deeply loved the daughter he killed. He deeply loved the daughter-in-law he killed,” Rammell says.
Bessemer City Police Chief Thomas Ellis Jr. says the case has been difficult for all, especially in the law enforcement community.
“I think you’ll see the Bessemer City community pull together and work as a team to try to work our way through this as a community,” Ellis says.