Las Vegas Victims Fund To Distribute $31M+ To Survivors, Families Of Victims In Festival Shooting

first_imgOn the evening of October 1st, 2017, during Jason Aldean‘s closing set at Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, a gunman opened fire on the crowd gathered on the Strip from the window of an overlooking casino hotel. He continued to fire for roughly an hour as the festival’s audience scrambled for cover. By the time authorities found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he had murdered 58 people and injured more than 800 others, making it the most devastating mass shooting in modern American history.Ever since, people from all over banded together to support the countless people whose lives were lost or affected by the attack at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. What began as a GoFundMe campaign quickly ballooned into a full-blown nonprofit organization, The Las Vegas Victims Fund, and eventually pulled in more than $31M in donations.The fund reports receiving more than 90,000 individual donations, with nearly 40% coming from southern Nevada gambling, tourism, and entertainment companies. Students, faculty, and staff at a high school in suburban Henderson raised more than $66,000 through T-shirt sales and a #VegasStrong benefit concert that raised nearly $700,000.As the Associated Press reports, today the Las Vegas Victims Fund announced plans to pay $275,000 to the families of each of the 58 people killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The fund also reported that the maximum $275,000 will also be paid to 10 other people who were paralyzed or suffered permanent brain damage in the shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. The fund posted a chart that projects the different donation amounts that will be issued to a total of 532 different people. The donations will be scaled individually based on the extent of the given victim’s medical expenses.Decisions regarding the disbursement of the funds were made by a committee of victim advocates, mental health and medical professionals, lawyers, donors and others, with input from two separate town hall meetings with the victims and their families.Las Vegas Victims Fund spokesman Howard Stutz said the nonprofit expects to pay 100 percent of the funds raised, with payouts beginning this week. As Al Etcheber, brother-in-law of Stacee Etcheber, one of the many innocent lives lost in the attack, says, “In no way can it replace someone’s life. … Still, it is a real nice way to help families who lost someone they loved.”In the wake of the attack during his performance in Las Vegas, Jason Aldean appeared on Saturday Night Live the subsequent weekend to offer his condolences and support to all those affected. He then performed an appropriate tribute: a rendition of the defiant anthem “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty, who passed away the following day. Watch a clip of the tribute below:Jason Aldean – “I Won’t Back Down” (Tom Petty cover) – Tribute to Las Vegas Shooting Victims on SNL[Video: USA TODAY][H/T Billboard]last_img read more