Following the shooting deaths of 49 people at Orlando nightclub Pulse in June 2016, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Tuesday the families of the victims are currently awaiting financial support from the U.S. government.
As well as those with deceased family members, survivors of the attack and emergency response teams will be included in the $8.5 million sum to be divided in the state of Florida on Wednesday.
The DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) confirmed on Tuesday that the monetary award is a step to ease the emotional and fiscal stress of the shooting rampage that killed 49 people and injured 50 others.
Marilyn McCoy Roberts, the acting director of the OVC, released a statement saying:
“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.”
Omar Mateen, the man behind the shooting, was killed in a standoff between police after claiming hostages inside the nightclub.
Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, was arrested in January and recently granted bail by an Oakland judge. However, a subsequent appeal resulted in an Orlando judge reversing Salman’s potential for bail.
Salman is alleged to have helped her husband in scouting areas susceptible to a mass shooting, including Orlando’s Disney World. She currently faces aiding and abetting charges.
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