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Carolina Panthers donate $100,000 to Charleston families, church

By Alex Butler

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 20 (UPI) -- Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers, has donated $10,000 to each of the nine families who lost loved ones and the Emanuel AME Church, following the Charleston shooting.

Bakari Sellers, a candidate for South Carolina's Lt. Governor, posted a picture of a letter from Richardson on his Twitter account.

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The letter was dated for Friday and sent to the Mother Emmanuel Hope Fund.

Richardson wrote: "In honor of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, the Reverend Clementa Pickney, Tywanza Sanders, the Reverend Daniel L. Simmons, Sr. and Myra Thompson, please accept the enclosed check from the Carolina Panthers in the amount of $100,000 to provide $10,000 per family to help defray funeral costs and other financial needs of each, and $10,000 for the church as a memorial honroing the victims. Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals."

To donate to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund visit any Wells Fargo bank branch or by visiting the city of Charleston's official website.

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"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 told the Charlotte Observer.

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