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Colorado theater shooting victim families question fundraising

August 28, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Families of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting victims disagree with the way millions of dollars raised after the shooting are being distributed.

Group spokesman Tom Teves, whose son was killed in the shooting, at a Tuesday news conference criticized fundraisers for not giving victims a choice in the distribution of money as funds are raised using pictures and names of those slain.

So far, just over $5 million has been raised and $450,000 distributed. Of that, $350,000 went to the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance in order to provide $5,000 each going to the families of 70 victims to meet their immediate financial needs. The other $100,000 has gone to 10 nonprofit groups, according to the Community First Foundation website.

Teves accused fundraising groups of being unresponsive and unsympathetic to victims' needs. He also questioned the commitment of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to helping the victims, noting that the governor had attended the funerals of those who died in the shooting.

The suspect in the July 20 shooting, 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes, is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder.

In addition to the 12 killed, 58 were injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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