Memories Pizza in Walkerton closes, family is in hiding after Internet backlash

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

After receiving heavy Internet backlash and threats, the co-owner of Memories Pizza in Walkerton said the business is closed and her family is in hiding after they said they wouldn’t cater a wedding for a same-sex couple.

“I don’t know if we will re-open, or if we can, if it’s safe to re-open,” Crystal O’Connor said on TheBlaze TV on Wednesday night, April 1. “We’re in hiding basically, staying in the house.”

Memories Pizza received thousands of negative Facebook and Yelp comments on Wednesday after O’Connor told ABC 57 the business wouldn’t cater a same-sex wedding because she and her family are Christians, and their religion doesn’t support same-sex marriages.

O’Connor said the business wouldn’t deny service to anyone who came in to dine at the restaurant.

In addition to the comments, a fake website created to impersonate the business displayed pornography and lewd comments. A Concord High School coach was suspended pending an investigation after she was accused of threatening to burn down Memories Pizza in a tweet she posted.

On Wednesday night, a contributor to The Blaze started a GoFundMe page to raise money for O’Connor and her family. Approximately $54,643 was raised as of 8 a.m. Thursday morning. The donations totaled more than $100,000 by 11 a.m.