Charleston distributing $2.5M donated after church slayings

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston officials are distributing $2.5 million that poured into a city memorial fund after the fatal shootings of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME church.

Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. said Thursday that the money was donated by people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and four foreign nations. He said about 6,500 people donated in amounts ranging from 50 cents to $100,000.

The fund was established after the June 17 shootings.

After the shootings, it was announced that the money would be used to pay for funeral expenses, with any excess going to the church.

Riley said that later it was agreed that the money would be used for funerals and the rest distributed to victims’ families and to shooting survivors.

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