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Cincinnati Strong Victims Fund provides $1.2M to people impacted by Fifth Third Center shooting

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Posted at 10:38 AM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 10:38:48-05

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Strong Victims Fund distributed about $1.2 million to more than 30 people who were directly impacted by shooting at the Fifth Third Center on Sept. 6.

The 33 recipients suffered either physical or emotional trauma as victims or witnesses to the shooting, and submitted applications for benefits from the fund, according to the National Compassion Fund, subsidiary of the National Center for Victims of Crime which helped with the local effort.

A gunman killed three people and injured two others in the Fifth Third Center before police shot and killed him.

Kristen Hall Wevers, chair of the Cincinnati Strong Victims Fund Steering Committee, said the fund was just one part of ongoing care efforts in response to the attack.

"The Fifth Third Center shooting has been countered with a tremendous demonstration of compassion, resilience, support and generosity from people throughout the Greater Cincinnati region," she said.

The Fifth Third Foundation contributed $1 million toward the fund. Other individuals and organizations donated the rest. All the money collected has been distributed directly to the victims, according to the news release from the National Compassion Fund.

"People from all walks of life chose to honor the memory of those who were killed, and the indomitable spirit of those who survived, by contributing for the benefit of the victims," Wevers said.