Businesses rally together for fallen Aiken officer

AIKEN, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- Local businesses are rallying together to raise money for the family of an Aiken police officer killed in the line of duty.

Residents of Aiken have lined up local merchants who will place collection jars in their businesses to raise donations for the family of Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson.

The jars will be up for a month, and then money will be donated to a bank account established after Richardson was killed.

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Allison Burbury, one of the people organizing the effort, says she wanted to do something to help the family.

Richardson died December 21, 2011 after being shot in the head during a traffic stop. Police plan to charge 19 year-old Stephon Carter, who is currently in the hospital, with Richardson's death.

Richardson was laid to rest December 27 at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center, he left behind a wife and three children.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)