According to a South Carolina lawmaker, Carolina Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson donated $100,000 to the families of the nine victims killed in Wednesday night’s church shooting in Charleston S.C., and to the church.
On Saturday morning, Bakari Sellers, a Morehouse graduate and member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, tweeted a picture of Richardson’s letter addressed to the Mother Emmanuel Hope Fund.
Killed in the attack Wednesday were senior pastor Clementa C. Pinckney, 41; assistant pastor Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; Cynthia Hurd, 54; Myra Thompson, 59; Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; and DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49.
In the letter, dated Friday and on Panthers letterhead, Richardson referenced each victim by name and said he enclosed a check for $100,000, with each family to receive $10,000 “to help defray funeral costs and other financial needs” and Emanuel AME Church to receive $10,000 “as a memorial honoring the victims.”
Further, in the letter Richardson said, “Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals.”
The Panthers, who play in Charlotte, market themselves as a team of North Carolina and South Carolina.