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ORLANDO (CBSMiami/NSF) — Victims of the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando will receive compensation from the OneOrlando Fund by the beginning of October, according to a statement from the city’s Mayor Buddy Dyer.
Lawyer Ken Feinberg will administer the fund, which will be combined with donations collected by Equality Florida, for victims of the June 12 attack on the gay nightclub in what was the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history. Combined, the groups have raised more than $17 million to assist the families and victims of the attack.READ MORE: Fallen Hollywood Police Officer Yandy Chirino To Be Honored With US Honor Flag
Forty-nine clubgoers were killed, 53 were wounded and hundreds of others were targeted by a shooter, who was later killed by police.
“Words cannot express how grateful we continue to be for the outpouring of generosity our community’s received as the people from around the globe continue to contribute funds to OneOrlando to deliver the critical help and healing the victims’ families and survivors need to aid in their recovery,” Dyer said.READ MORE: North Miami Beach Officer Shot At While Trying To Stop Shootout
Feinberg said they will work with the Orlando community to develop a protocol outlining how the funds will be distributed.
Officials will hold two town hall meetings on August 4th at Orlando’s Amway Center to get feedback on the draft protocol. Payments will be distributed by Oct. 1,no overhead or administrative costs will be paid for from the fund.MORE NEWS: 'Survivor' Contestant Michelle Yi Describes Frightening Santa Monica Assault
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.