9/11 mediator helps theater shooting victims fund - New York News

9/11 mediator helps theater shooting victims fund

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By P. SOLOMON BANDA
Associated Press

DENVER (AP) - People handling the distribution of funds to victims of the Aurora theater shooting are consulting with a mediator who oversaw compensation for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and the Virginia Tech shooting.

An email sent to victims said that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's office, the 7/20 Committee and the Community First Foundation have initiated discussions with Kenneth Feinberg and plan to meet with him Friday in Denver.

Feinberg was traveling and couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Last week, the families of the Aurora victims called on Hickenlooper and other lawmakers to appoint an independent arbitrator to oversee donations.

Of the $5.2 million collected, $350,000 has been given to families for immediate financial needs and $100,000 has been given to 10 nonprofit groups.

ABC News first reported Feinberg's involvement.

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