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Family members of Las Vegas shooting victims win millionaire compensation

2020-10-01T20:56:47.095Z

The agreement establishes the payment of 800 million for 4,000 plaintiffs three years after the tragedy. The MGM Resorts company, which did not acknowledge its responsibility in the event, will pay 49 million, and the rest will be delivered by its insurers.



Relatives of the

58 victims

of the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in the United States, reached

a settlement for 800 million dollars in compensation

from MGM Resorts International and its insurance companies on

Wednesday

.

The final agreement, which was pursued by the families of the victims since October 2019, comes three years after the massacre that killed 58 people and left more than 850 injured, when a man fired from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino hotel to a crowd attending an open-air country music festival.

The millionaire amount of the settlement will be divided among the more than 4,000 participants in the lawsuit.

The exact amount that each family of the victims will receive will be determined by retired judges as agreed by the parties.

Survivors of the Las Vegas Massacre.AP

Clark County District Court Judge Linda Bell, in her short order, highlighted the "near unanimous participation in the settlement among potential claimants."

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Albert Rivera, father of Jordyn, who died in the tragedy, participated this Thursday in a ceremony to commemorate the attack.

“We want to honor the victims, be with the families.

We do not forget them, we are always in contact, we are together ”, he said.

Rivera remembered her daughter as a “protective child of her family and friends.

She loved people and did what she could to help others.

She wanted to work in health, to make an impact in her community ”.

"We are grateful for the 21 years that we had her with us and we hope one day to see her again," he said.

One person remembers the victims of the Las Vegas massacre.AP

According to authorities, more than 22,000 people attended the open-air concert in 2017 when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd using military-style weapons.

Following the massacre, Paddock committed suicide before the police could arrest him.

Police and the FBI concluded that the man planned the attack and acted alone.

Authorities said the motive will never be clarified.

Brian Fraser was one of the victims when he was shot in the chest.

His wife of 13 years, Stephanie Fraser, signed the deal.

“By the grace of God, my family and I are going to be fine.

I needed to be able to protect our children, ”she told the Associated Press without disclosing the amount she will receive for the settlement.

[Las Vegas Massacre tops a tragic list of deadly shootings in the US]

"This ending brings us closure and allows us to understand and move on,"

said Fraser.

"Brian would want that for us," he added.

The MGM Resorts company, owner of the hotel and the place where the concert was held, did not acknowledge its responsibility in the events.

In the agreement it will pay 49 million, while its insurance companies will put 751 million.

"We are grateful that the decision brings families, victims and the community closer together to close (this chapter)," the company said in a statement.

Attorney Robert Eglet, who represents the plaintiffs and worked for a year in at least 10 states to secure the settlement, said they

expect payment to be made by the end of the year.

"There have been no objections and we do not expect an appeal to the agreement," Eglet said.

Source: telemundo

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