The Carolina Panthers may play in Charlotte, but they represent both their city and North and South Carolina. Therefore it’s not surprising that in the wake of the Emanuel AME shootings, they wanted to do something for their community.
Owner Jerry Richardson will donate $10,000 to each family of the 9 shooting victims in the Emanuel AME church shooting and $10,000 to the church itself. Democratic South Carolina representative Bakari Sellers made the announcement via Twitter after receiving a letter from Richardson.
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,” team spokesperson Steven Drummond said.
In the letter, Richardson identified each of the victims: Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., and Myra Thompson.
Richardson wrote that the money was to help “defray funeral costs and other financial needs of each.”