Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims To Receive $8.5 Million In Federal Support


The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that victims of the June 2016 shooting massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, will receive nearly $8.5 million for emotional and financial support for victims' families, those wounded in the attack and responders.

From Reuters:

In a statement, the department's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) said the funds would be granted on Wednesday and distributed by officials in Florida, where 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Shooter Omar Mateen was killed in a shootout with police after he took hostages during a three-hour standoff inside the Pulse nightclub. He also wounded dozens more people in the June 12, 2016 attack.

“This award will reimburse victim services costs for operation of the Family Assistance Center in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, and ensure that victims, witnesses and first responders receive necessary services to help them adjust in the aftermath of violence, begin the healing process and cope with probable re-traumatization,” Marilyn McCoy Roberts, the office's acting director, said in a statement.

Victims of the San Bernardino and Charleston shootings received similar federal support.

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