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Families of Colorado Movie Theater Shooting Victims Question Fundraising

Families of some of the 12 people killed in the Colorado theater shooting are upset with the way the millions of dollars raised since the tragedy are being distributed.

Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado
Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado (Thomas Cooper, Getty Images)

They held an emotional news conference Tuesday in Aurora. Tom Teves, whose son was killed, criticized fundraisers for not giving victims a voice in how the money is distributed, even though it was raised using the pictures and names of “our murdered loved ones.”

So far, just over $5 million has been raised with $5,000 each going to the families of 70 victims to meet their immediate financial needs. However, $100,000 has gone to 10 nonprofit groups.

No other money has been distributed yet.

Teves also questioned the commitment of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to helping the victims.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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