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Panthers owner Jerry Richardson donates $100,000 to Charleston victims

Carolina Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson donated $100,000 to the families of the nine victims killed in Wednesday night’s Charleston shooting, and to the church where the shootings occurred.
Carolina Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson donated $100,000 to the families of the nine victims killed in Wednesday night’s Charleston shooting, and to the church where the shootings occurred. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson donated $100,000 to the families of the nine victims killed in Wednesday night’s Charleston shooting, and to the church where the shootings occurred.

In a letter dated Friday, Richardson sent $10,000 to each family of the victims for funeral costs and another $10,000 to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church as a memorial honoring the victims.

“We don’t want to comment on the specifics of the donation, but know our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals,” Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said in a text to the Observer.

Those killed in the attack Wednesday night were: the Rev. Clementa 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.

Bakari Sellers, a Democratic member of the S.C. House, tweeted a picture of the letter addressed to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund on Saturday morning.

Jones: 704-358-5323; Twitter: @jjones9

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