Jerry Richardson and his Carolina Panthers have donated $100,000 to the families of the nine Emanuel AME Church shooting victims.
The Charlotte-based NFL team announced the gift in a letter dated Friday to state Rep. Bakari Sellers, who’s collecting donations on behalf of the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.
The donation provides $10,000 to each of the families to help defray funeral costs and other expenses. The other $10,000 goes to the Calhoun Street church as a memorial honoring the victims.
“Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals,” Richardson wrote.
The NFL team owner is a North Carolina native with has strong ties to South Carolina. He played football at Wofford College in the Upstate and later he was chairman and CEO of Spartanburg-based Flagstar, which operated about 2,500 restaurants.