Panthers owner donates $100,000 to families of Charleston victims

The Carolina Panthers play in Charlotte, but by their very name claim kinship with South Carolina. Accordingly, owner Jerry Richardson has made a quiet donation of $100,000 to the families of victims in this week's Charleston shooting, in which a gunman killed nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Panthers defensive tackle Colin Cole shared Richardson's letter on his Twitter account:

Richardson will be donating $10,000 to each of the families who lost loved ones in the shooting, plus another $10,000 to help fund a memorial at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Earlier, Charleston's minor-league baseball team agreed to play its Thursday night game, with proceeds from that game going to charity.

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