Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley says he has been overwhelmed but not surprised at the outpouring of donations for a fund he helped set up for the families of the victims of the Charleston shooting.
Riley said donations poured in to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund and the Reverend Pinckney fund. City officials are still trying to figure out how much money the funds had Monday morning.
"I've got $110,000 in checks in my pocket. It's wonderful," Riley said.
The fund was set up after authorities say a white gunman opened fire on a black church in a racially motivated attack, killing nine people, including the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
Riley says even in the darkest hours, as details started to come out about the shooting, he knew Charleston would show love instead of hate.
People can donate on the city's website: http://www.charleston-sc.gov