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NEWS: Representatives Murphy, Demings and Soto Announce DOJ Funds to Assist Victims of Pulse Shooting

Funds Will Also Be Used to Reimburse Local Agencies that Assisted After Pulse Shooting

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Washington, March 13, 2017 | comments

U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), U.S. Representative Val Demings (FL-10), and U.S. Representative Darren Soto (FL-09) announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime is awarding nearly $8.5 million to assist victims of the June 12, 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. The funds, which will be provided through the DOJ’s Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance program, will be used to help victims, witnesses, and first responders receive vital services, and to reimburse local agencies for the costs they have incurred to operate the Family Assistance Center.

"After the Pulse nightclub shooting our community stepped up to take care of the victims, their families and the first responders through the Family Assistance Center,” said Representatives Murphy, Demings and Soto, “We could not be more proud of Central Florida’s response to this tragedy. We are pleased these funds are being made available to help victims and their families as they continue to heal, and to offset some of the costs acquired from local agencies.”

The funds will  be allocated to the Florida Office of the Attorney General, who will distribute them as appropriate.

“It is vital for the federal government to respond in the wake of domestic-terrorism incidents like the one that occurred in Orlando last June. We will continue to do what we can to ensure the victims, their families, and the first responders are taken care of.”

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