The US Department of Justice has announced that victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting will receive more than $8 million to support them after the tragedy.
Forty-nine clubgoers were killed and another 53 were injured at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida in June last year.
Now the Office of Victims of Crime has announced it will provide $8,466,970 through an Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program grant to Florida Attorney-General Pam Bondi’s office.
The grant money will then be distributed to victims and families affected by the shooting as well as reimburse the Family Assistance Center for the aid it provided to victims’ families in the aftermath of the incident.
“This funding will provide important support to the victims, their loved ones and communities who were affected by last year’s devastating attack on Pulse nightclub,” US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
“We continue to mourn those who were taken from us that awful day, and we admire the resilience of the great city of Orlando.
“With this grant, we reaffirm the Justice Department’s commitment to the people of Orlando, the families of the victims and all who are helping those affected by this heinous crime.”
The massacre shocked the world last year, with candlelight vigils held and donations pouring in from all around the world to support victims.
The OneOrlando Fund, set up by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, began distributing more than $29.5 million in donations last September.
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