Boston Marathon Victims To Receive $61 Million In Donations

Boston Marathon victims will be receiving $61 million in donations from One Fund Boston. The nonprofit organization will begin distributing the funds to 232 eligible victims on June 30.

One Fund Boston will release 100 percent of all donations received through June 26. Eligible recipients were required to file a claim of physical injury or loss. Thirty of the 264 known victims will not be receiving the donations. It is unclear whether they simply failed to apply or were turned down.

As reported by CNN, the Boston Marathon victims were divided into four categories. Each category will determine the amount received.

Victims in Category A will receive $2,195,000 each. The six recipients in this category suffered loss of life, permanent brain damage, or the loss of two or more limbs.

Victims in Category B will receive $1,195,000 each. The 14 victims in this group each suffered the loss of a limb.

Category C victims will receive an amount between $125,000 and $948,000. The sixty-nine victims in this category spent at least one night in the hospital. The amount received will differ depending on how long the victim was hospitalized.

Category D, which covers the remaining 143 claimants, includes victims who were treated at a hospital but not admitted. Victims in this category will receive $8,000 each.

As reported by CNN, The Boston Marathon attack occurred on April 15. Just before 3:00 pm, two bombs exploded near the finish line. Three people were killed and 264 injuries were reported as a result of the massive explosion.

Two suspects were later identified as 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Tamerlan died of injuries sustained in a confrontation with law enforcement officials.

Dzhokhar was captured and remains incarcerated as he awaits criminal trial.

One Fund Boston was founded by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino. Funds collected previous to June 26 will be distributed following the categorical guidelines. All funding received after June 26 will be distributed at a later date.

One Fund Boston Administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, explains that “no amount of money can replace what has been lost.” However, it is hoped that the donations will ease some of the continuing burdens faced by the victims and their families.

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