Victims of the Boston Bombing will collectively receive nearly $61 million (£40 million), after that figure is distributed among 232 eligible claimants on Sunday.
Survivors of the attack and their families filed claims with ‘The One Fund Boston’ formed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino. On 15 April 2013 two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260.
The One Fund was created the day after the bombing to “assist victims and families affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon”.
A total of $60,653,715 has been raised so far, according to a statement on their website. The funds released on Sunday represent 100 per cent of all the money collected until June 26.
According to CNN, Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the funds said: “No amount of money can replace what has been lost, but it was made lighter by the unprecedented generosity of Bostonians, of Americans, and of people around the world.
”It was a solemn responsibility to allocate these finite contributions across tremendous pain and suffering.“
Payments will be distributed on a case by case basis, breaking applicants into four categories. It is understood that they will prioritise families who suffered a loss, or severe, long term injuries such as amputation or brain damage. Families in this category could receive over $2million.
Donations received after 26 June will be used to continue supporting survivors and victim’s families.