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One Fund Boston Does Not Have Enough Money to Pay All Bombing Victims

One Fund Boston, a fund created to help Boston Marathon bombing victims, is now saying it might not have enough money to help all of those injured.

The administrator of the fund, attorney Kenneth Feinburg, said during a meeting that the $28 million the fund has will not be enough to fully compensate the families of the three that were killed or the more than 260 injured. 

He said those with less serious injuries might not receive anything.

"There isn't enough money to pay everybody who justifiably expects or needs it," Feinberg said. 

Feinberg held the meeting at the Boston Public Library, across the street from where the first explosion occurred. He told families of victims to lower their expectations about the funding.

But Dan Loring, father of Brittany, who was injured badly by shrapnel which left her in the hospital for 11 days, is not going to give up on finding the money to support her.

Though her injuries were severe, she still does not qualify for the largest payments. Loring worries about paying for her surgeries and rehabilitation, but has started a GiveForward campaign which raised nearly $100,000. 

"After leaving last night, I'm not so confident now we'll see much, if anything," he said.

One Fund Boston has nearly $28.5 million in donations, with $11.5 million coming from the public and $17 million from corporations.

Feinberg plans on giving the largest amount of money to the families of the three that were killed, Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and Lu Lingzi, as well as the family of MIT police officer Sean Collier. 

The victims who have suffered brain damage or double amputation are also going to receive larger payments.

Then those who had single amputations and those who had to stay in the hospital overnight will receive the rest. 

While Feinberg hasn't discussed specific dollar amounts, he said the families of those who were killed or had limbs amputated could receive at least $1 million.

There were at least 15 victims who needed single or double amputations. That means that these will take up the majority of the fund.

They hope to pay the victims by June 30. 

During the meeting, Feinberg said the plan isn't final and asked the audience whether they should consider other things, like if a person's income or insurance is enough to cover their expenses.

One family member asked Feinberg a difficult question, as her daughter lost one leg and might lose the other one. She wanted to know if she should file for compensation as a single or double amputee.

Loring believes the money should be given to everyone who was hurt in any way, including those who suffered mentally, like the ones who helped save the victims.

"Of the people who donated (to the One Fund) if you polled them, they think it's going to all the victims, not a selected class," he said.

Sources: NY Daily Mail, CBS News


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