500 Las Vegas Shooting Victims, Families Get Aid

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More than 500 victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas began receiving money Monday from a victims fund that collected in excess of $31 million. The Las Vegas Victims Fund nonprofit set aside $275,000 for each of the 58 victims killed on Oct. 1 and $275,000 payments to another 10 who suffered paralysis or brain damage, reports the Los Angeles Times. There were 532 claims. The mass shooting in Las Vegas — the largest in modern American history — drew worldwide attention after Stephen Paddock opened fire from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino down into a crowd of 22,000 attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.

After the shooting, there were complaints made by some suggesting that the money in the victims fund didn’t match the scope of the tragedy and that many would be left out when it came to receiving money. In 2016, the Pulse Nightclub shooting resulted in 49 people being shot and killed and the OneOrlando Fund received donations totaling $29.5 million. Each casualty claim resulted in a $350,000 disbursement. In San Bernardino, the families of the 14 people killed in the workplace shooting on Dec. 2, 2015, were each eligible for $140,629. Another 37 people who were present during the shooting at the Inland Regional Center were eligible for $2,993 each. After the 2012 mass shooting at the Aurora, Colo., movie theater, more than $5 million was donated to a fund. Claims on the deceased came to $220,000 each. The scope of the shooting in Las Vegas — with thousands at the concert — didn’t allow for the fund to cover all of the survivors. By mid-December, the fund was at $16 million. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said in January there were more than 800 people injured in the attack.

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