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How should the money donated for victims of the Las Vegas shooting be distributed?




A small group prays at a makeshift memorial with 58 white crosses, one for each victim, on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, October 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A small group prays at a makeshift memorial with 58 white crosses, one for each victim, on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, October 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Over $16 million has been raised for the victims of the Las Vegas massacre in October – the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Fifty-eight people were killed, not including the gunman, and over 500 people were wounded. Sixty-five percent of the victims are from California.

Draft guidelines on how the money will be distributed were released in November, proposing that those who were killed in the shooting and those who sustained permanent brain damage and/or permanent paralysis requiring long-term home medical assistant would receive the most money out of the fund. Many victims of the shooting take issue with that model of distribution, arguing that all victims of the tragedy should have access to the money.

On Friday, the Las Vegas Victims Fund will decide on final guidelines.

For information and to donate to the Las Vegas Victims Fund, click here.

With KPCC reporter Libby Denkmann as guest host

Guests:

Scott Nielsen, chairman of the Las Vegas Victims Fund Committee

Christine Caria, a victim of the October 1st Las Vegas mass shooting; resident of Summerlin, a Las Vegas suburb