It’s unfortunate that it often takes a tragedy to bring out the best in America, but that is what is beginning to happen in Charleston, S.C.
Following an inspirational “unity march” on Sunday, where thousands of South Carolinians, black and white, turned out to pay their respects for the nine African-American churchgoers brutally murdered last week, it was learned that the owner of the local NFL franchise has also stepped up– to the tune of $100,000.
Jerry Richardson, the billionaire owner of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, said in a letter dated Friday that he will pay for the funeral costs of the victims, according to the Charlotte Observer.
“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,” the owner said in the letter.
“[A]nd $10,000 for the church as a memorial honoring the victims,” he added. “Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals.”
The Observer said the team declined to release an official statement about the gift, but spokesman Steven Drummond said in a text: “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.”
South Carolina state Rep. Bakari Sellers posted a photo of the letter on social media Saturday.
Here’s his post and a small sampling of responses from Twitter:
Jerry Richardson and the Carolina Panthers donated $100k to the victims families. People are so gracious. Warms my ♥️ pic.twitter.com/TMs4mTezvx
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) June 20, 2015
@Bakari_Sellers People ask what good humanity is well ladies and gentlemen here it is at its best
— Ben Troupe (@BenTroupe84) June 20, 2015
— Clemson Sports Talk (@ClemsonSports) June 20, 2015
— Nikki (@SWEETBADTHANG) June 21, 2015
@Bakari_Sellers I cried when I read your tweet this morning. Mr. Richardson is an honorable man and the donation was from the heart.
— Melony Star Kiesau (@MelonySKiesau) June 21, 2015
@Bakari_Sellers WOW. The Lord works in mysterious ways! Amen
— kenB (@kentucky2247) June 21, 2015
@Bakari_Sellers @GC4Christ clearly a touch of class from Mr Richardson! Godspeed to the families and Mother Emanuel.
— Mike (@csu22miketaylor) June 20, 2015
@Bakari_Sellers It gives me chills! Thanks for sharing it with us! What can weed out hate, LOVE and KINDNESS!
— Geanine1965 (@Geanine1965) June 20, 2015
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