(FOX News) — (4/19/19) Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Biscotti donated $100,000 to help rebuild three Louisiana churches that were recently burned down in an arson attack, former NFL player Benjamin Watson said Wednesday.
Watson wrote in a tweet that Biscotti called him Sunday to commit the money.
Happy to say that there was at least one early on. @ravens owner Steve Bisciotti called me Sunday. He committed 100k. Thankful for his willingness to help others. https://t.co/So1m5rJ4vJ — Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) April 18, 2019
Three Baptist churches were targeted over a 10-day span from March 26 to April 4: St Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre; Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas; Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas.
A GoFundMe page has already raised more than $2 million as of Friday.
Watson tweeted April 9 he was monitoring the situation carefully. He then reached out to the pastors of the churches and helped launch the GoFundMe.
“In speaking with these pastors I am in awe and inspired by their faith and courage, comforting their congregations and family members,” Watson told the New Orleans Advocate. “Through sadness and shock they spoke of forgiveness for the arsonist and grace for tomorrow. Most importantly they spoke of being overwhelmed by support from people of goodwill and all religions from around the country. And they were humbled by what God has already done through this series of events.”
Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old son of a local sheriff’s deputy, was arrested and charged with arson in the church attacks. He pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday.