Jerry Richardson, owner of the Charlotte-based Carolina Panthers, donated $100,000 to the families of the victims of the racially motivated murder of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17.
“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 Charlotte Observer.
According to a letter posted by Bakari Sellers, a Democratic member of the South Carolina House, on Twitter, each family will receive $10,000 to offset funeral costs and the church will receive an additional $10,000 “as a memorial honoring the victims.”
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When he founded the Panthers in 1995, Richardson said the team represented both North and South Carolina, according to the Independent Journal Review.
He concluded his letter by writing, “Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals.”