Boston Fund To Distribute $61M to Bombing Victims

Saturday, 29 Jun 2013 06:15 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Nearly $61 million raised for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings will be distributed to 232 individuals and families beginning on Sunday, with those who suffered the most serious injuries receiving almost $2.2 million.

The One Fund Boston said the $61 million raised would allow the group to make bigger payouts on average than what was paid to relatives of those killed in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, The Boston Globe reports.

The fund was established shortly after the April 15 bombings by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured in the attacks.

Menino and Patrick reviewed all 259 claims, rejecting 26 that were submitted this month because the victims had not sustained physical injuries that were treated at a local hospital, the Globe reports.

The fund’s administrators are still seeking documents from a woman who has sought compensation, and any for her would come from money raised over the coming months.

“No amount of money can replace what has been lost,” Kenneth Feinberg, administrator for the fund, told the Globe in a statement. “It was a solemn responsibility to allocate these finite contributions across tremendous pain and suffering, but it was made lighter by the unprecedented generosity of Bostonians, of Americans, and of people around the world.”

For those who had the greatest loss, the money will bring little consolation, several family members told the Globe.

“Wow. That’s really shocking to hear,” said William Campbell Jr., the father of Krystle Campbell, 29, who died in the bombings. The family is to receive nearly $2.2 million from the fund. “It’s really overwhelming.”

Campbell, a retired plumber, said the money would help his family, but it will never ease its pain.

“I’d rather have my daughter back than get a dollar,” he told the Globe. “She was everything in the world to me.”

The surviving suspect in the bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was indicted this week by a federal grand jury on 30 counts stemming from the incident, including 17 that carry the death penalty or life in prison.

Tsarnaev, who was hospitalized with a throat wound after his arrest, is scheduled to be arraigned July 10 in federal court in Boston.

His older brother, Tamerlan, 26, died in a fierce shootout with authorities on April 19.

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