DENVER -- The families of the 12 killed and those who suffered
permanent injuries will get the majority of the $5 million donated to
help the victims of the July 20 shooting at an Aurora theater, Mediator
Ken Feinberg announced Monday.
Feinberg, who is serving as special master for the Aurora
Victim Relief Fund, says those victims will get 70 percent of the money,
or about $200,000 each, based on current donations.
The rest will go to people who suffered physical injuries, based on the number of days they were hospitalized.
Feinberg says due to limited funds, victims who did not require
overnight hospitalization and claims for mental trauma will not be
compensated. Free counseling is still available.
"We are extremely grateful to Ken Feinberg for his service to victims
and their families and to the state of Colorado," Gov. John
Hickenlooper said in a statement. "He has proven once again why he is
the nation's leading expert in handling these kinds of matters. Those
most impacted by the theater shooting are best served by a speedy and
fair distribution of the Aurora Victim Relief Fund and Ken is delivering
The current fund balance is $4,961,739. Monday is the last day
donations can be made through Community First Foundation's
givingfirst.org website. But money can still be donated to the fund
until Nov. 15 by sending a check to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund at the
Governor's Office, 136 State Capitol, Denver, CO 80203.
Victims and their families also received claim instructions Monday. They have until Nov. 1 to submit the claims.
Feinberg will make final payment determinations and money will be
disbursed after Nov. 15. An independent audit of the fund will commence
immediately after the final distribution.
The payment protocols were developed after gathering input at two
public meetings and reviewing feedback previously collected from three
victim meetings and a victim survey conducted by the 7/20 Recovery
Click here for a detailed explanation of the payment protocols and the claim forms.
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