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Dayton mass shooting victims, families to learn charity awards

Published: Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 1:01 PM

Ismail Turay Jr.


Victims of the Aug. 4 Oregon District mass shooting and their relatives will soon learn from the Dayton Foundation how much in charitable gifts they will receive.

The foundation is expected to announce Monday morning the results of the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund. Details of the announcement will include the total number of certified applicants, amount of money per category and the like, said Christine Smith, vice president of marketing for the Dayton Foundation.

The deadline for victims and their families to submit applications was Oct. 31.

This news organization will report the results as soon as they are released.

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Hours after the massacre in which nine people were killed and 27 injured, Dayton Foundation President Mike Parks and his staff convened to figure how the foundation could help. They formed a volunteer committee, and within a month they collected about $3 million.

The money was raised by a combination of individual donors and charitable events such as the Gem City Shine concert, which comedian Dave Chappelle organized.

According to a protocol devised by a volunteer committee, family members or personal representatives of those killed will be eligible to share equal amounts of 70% of the overall fund balance — about $233,000 per victim’s family.

Those who were physically injured and required hospitalization for 48 hours or more will divide up 20 percent of the fund balance, with amounts granted according to duration of hospitalization. Those who were physically injured and released from a hospital or by a private physician or licensed clinician within 48 hours of the tragedy will divide 10 percent of the fund balance, with applicants divided according to victims who suffered gunshot wounds and victims who suffered other injuries.

Victims came from around the Dayton and Springfield areas. Those killed were: Derrick Fudge, 57; Lois Oglesby, 27; Saeed Saleh, 38; Logan Turner, 30; Nicholas Cumer, 25; Thomas McNichols, 25; Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36; Monica Brickhouse, 39; and Megan Betts, 22.

Staff writer Tom Gnau contributed to this report.

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