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Families of Las Vegas shooting victims to receive US$275,000 payout from GoFundMe drive

Victims fund spokesman said the non-profit expects to pay 100 per cent of the funds raised, with payouts beginning on Monday

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 March, 2018, 5:26pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 March, 2018, 5:59pm

A US$31.5 million victims’ fund that started as a GoFundMe effort announced plans Friday to pay US$275,000 to the families of each of the 58 people killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

The Las Vegas Victims Fund said the maximum US$275,000 also will be paid to 10 other people who were paralysed or suffered permanent brain damage in the October 1 shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

The non-profit posted a chart projecting payments on a scale to a total of 532 people, including more than US$10 million divided among 147 people who were hospitalised.

“In no way can it replace someone’s life,” said Al Etcheber, the brother-in-law of Stacee Etcheber, who died when a gunman fired from a high-rise casino hotel into a country music festival below.

“Still, it is a real nice way to help families who lost someone they loved.”

Stacee Etcheber was married to Al’s brother, San Francisco police officer Vincent Etcheber. The 50-year-old mother of two children worked as a hairdresser in Novato, California.

Victims fund spokesman Howard Stutz said the non-profit expects to pay 100 per cent of the funds raised, with payouts beginning on Monday.

Police say 851 people were hurt by gunfire or other injuries while fleeing.

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The fund grew into a non-profit corporation that reported receiving more than 90,000 donations, with nearly 40 per cent coming from southern Nevada gambling, tourism and entertainment companies.

Students, faculty and staff at a high school in suburban Henderson raised more than US$66,000 through T-shirt sales, and a Vegas Strong benefit concert that raised nearly US$700,000.

Disbursements were determined by a committee of victim advocates, mental health and medical professionals, lawyers, donors and others. The committee held two town hall meetings to hear from victims and their families.

The committee reported reviewing more than 1,600 email and written comments, with advice from national experts, including victim compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg and the National Centre for Victims of Crime.