Fund to Pay Las Vegas Shooting Victims’ Families $275,000

March 3, 2018 Updated: March 3, 2018

A $31.5 million fund, which started with a GoFundMe page, will pay $275,000 to each of the families of the 58 people killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct. 1, 2017.

The families of another 10 victims who were paralyzed or suffered permanent brain damage will receive this same amount, according to USA Today.

The nonprofit Las Vegas Victims’ Fund (LVVF) published a chart showing how the money it has raised will be disbursed to 532 injured individuals, based on the level of damage each incurred.

https://lasvegasvictimsfund.org/
https://lasvegasvictimsfund.org/

A statement on the fund’s webpage states that all of the money raised will be distributed among the victims. Payments will be sent out starting Monday, March 5.

“In no way can it replace someone’s life,” said Al Etcheber, whose sister-in-law Stacee Etchebe died in the shooting. “Still, it is a real nice way to help families who lost someone they loved.”

Mourners attend a vigil to mark one week since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, on the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, on October 8, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Mourners attend a vigil to mark one week since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, on Oct. 8, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The fund began as a simple GoFundMe page, but attracted so many donations it was transformed into a registered nonprofit organization. The fund received more than 90,000 donations.

“The love and support shown for the families and survivors of the October 1st tragedy was tremendous,” said Scott Nielson, chairman of the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund Committee, on the fund’s site.

“We recognize, however, that money cannot replace a life lost or forever changed due to this tragic event.

“What the committee worked hard to do was distribute the gifts given by tens of thousands of people in a way that would help those families and survivors most severely impacted by October 1.”

Mourners hold their candles in the air during a moment of silence during a vigil on October 8, 2017 to mark one week since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Mourners during a moment of silence during a vigil on Oct. 8, 2017, to mark one week since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Almost 40 percent of the money raised came from Nevada gambling, tourism, and entertainment companies, including $5.2 million from the Vegas Strong Fund, according to the LVFF’s webpage. The Direct Impact Fund and the National Compassion Fund also merged into the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.

A benefit concert called Vegas Strong raised nearly $700,000.

Green Valley High School in the nearby suburb of Henderson, Nevada, raised more than $66,000 through T-shirt sales, according to the fund’s website.

From NTD.tv

 

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