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06/20/2015 03:47 pm ET Updated Jun 22, 2015

Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson Donates $10,000 To Each Family Of Charleston Shooting Victims

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07:  Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers, watches on before the start of their game aga
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07: Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers, watches on before the start of their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced in a letter Friday that his organization would donate $100,000 in honor of the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina, shooting on Wednesday.

Richardson said in a letter to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, which was set up by Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley to provide financial support for the families’ funeral expenses, that $10,000 should go to each of the families of the nine victims.

The final $10,000 is to go to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the site of the shooting, "as a memorial honoring the victims."

A copy of the letter was uploaded to Twitter by Bakari Sellers, a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

The letter reads in full:

"In honor of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, The Reverend Clementa Pinckney, 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 honoring the victims. Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals.

Respectfully,

Jerry Richardson"

Panthers spokesperson Stephen Drummond told ESPN.com in a statement that the team would not comment directly on the donation at this time, but said “our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals.”

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story identified Bakari Sellers as a current member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. He is a former member.

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