The Charleston church where nine parishioners were shot and killed in what officials called a racially-motivated attack announced it will share about half of the money donated to it with survivors of the attack and families of those killed.
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church announced Wednesday in a press release that it will donate about $1.5 million of the $3.4 million given to it in the wake of the June 17 shooting to the victims’ organization, called Charleston’s Hope Fund. That group has raised nearly $3 million on its own.
Emanuel AME says it will use its share of the donated money for building improvements, a permanent memorial to the nine killed, and five survivors and scholarships and community outreach projects.
On the evening of June 17, Charleston Police say 21 year-old Dylann Roof went into the church and joined a Bible study group with the black parishioners. About an hour later he opened fire on the group, killing nine.
He was arrested by local police in North Carolina the next day, about 240 miles from Charleston.