How to Donate to the Church and Victims of the Charleston Shooting

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People view flowers on a road leading to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church the morning after a mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015. A 21-year-old white gunman accused of killing nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested on Thursday, said U.S. officials, who are investigating the attack as a hate crime. Brian Snyder/Reuters

UpdatedFollowing the arrest of Dylann Roof, the alleged gunman who killed nine at a Charleston, South Carolina church, Mayor Joseph Riley established the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund. The fund will be used to help cover the funeral costs of those killed in the tragedy and to benefit the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where the shooting occurred.

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Nine people, including state senator Clementa Pinckney, were shot and killed at a historic African-American church.
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To help the church and pay for the funeral costs of those killed, Mayor Riley worked with Wells Fargo to set up donation centers at their branches. An employee at a Charleston Wells Fargo location told Newsweek the bank is in the process of setting up an account for donations. A spokeswoman for Wells Fargo confirmed these donations cannot be wired or mailed. For those who wish to donate online, donations can also be made to the church directly through PayPal on their website

The City of Charleston kicked off the fundraising with a $5,000 donation. 

The church is a historic black church which describes itself as "one of the largest and oldest black congregations south of Baltimore, Maryland." It was first founded in the early 1800s and was once set on fire after church leaders were suspected of planning a slave revolt. A Bible study was being held in the church when Roof opened fire. The Reverend of the church, State Senator Clementa Pinckney, was killed in the attack.

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