Family members of victims and survivors of Charleston church shooting are dissatisfied with church’s decision on donations from sympathizers.
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston distributed $1.5M out of $3.3M in donation among family members of nine people, who died in a mass shooting during a prayer service June 17, 2015.
According to reports, Church leaders, without permissions from family members of victims and survivors, decided to keep a greater percentage of the donations received for church maintenance, memorial, scholarships and the city’s Hope Fund.
Rev. Sharon Risher, one of the church members whose mother Ethel Lance died in the shooting, told the Post and Courier “It’s just sad how the church continues to disrespect the families.”
Some family members of victims and survivors received certified letters with checks from the church noting: “This sum represents the distribution to you of a percentage of the total amount of funds, calculated upon the basis of the number of immediate family members of the Emanuel 9 victims and survivors.”
One of the victim’s husband, Arthur Hurd, filed a lawsuit months ago demanding an accounting of all donations received, but was later dismissed.
The church is rather supposed to help these families of victims and survivors out of their miseries than to hold on the little money donated for consolation.
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