The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it will give more than $8 million to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre.
In a press release, the department said that the $8,466,970 would be granted through its Office of Victims of Crime. In addition to the victims and their families, money will also go to the Family Assistance Center, which provided aid to victims’ families in the days after the shooting. The office is expected to award the grant to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi today.
“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,” said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the 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 June 12 attack saw 49 people killed and 53 others injured when a gunman opened fire inside Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The massacre, which took place during the club’s weekly Latino night, is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
“OVC is committed to assisting the recovery, healing and justice for all victims of crime and this award will help to provide much needed support, emotionally and financially, as they continue to heal,” said Marilyn McCoy Roberts, acting director of the Justice Department’s Office of Victims of Crime.
“This award will reimburse victim services costs for operation of the Family Assistance Center in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, and ensure that victims, witnesses and first responders receive necessary services to help them adjust in the aftermath of violence, begin the healing process and cope with probable re-traumatization.”
Last Friday, a federal judge in Orlando revoked bond for Noor Salman, the widow of the man responsible for the massacre at Pulse. This means she will remain behind bars until her trial date, when she’ll be tried for aiding and abetting her husband in the attack.
h/t: Washington Blade