Ken Feinberg is planning on speaking with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Community First in regards to their handling of the victims' fund.
On Friday morning, a letter went out to the theater-shooting victims' families on Friday informing them of this imminent conversation. They hope the conversation will break the impasse that has developed between Community First and the victims' families since the shooting.
Representative Ed Perlmutter issued a statement in regards to the changes to the Aurora victims' assistance process saying:
"Recently, the families of the victims of the terrible tragedy in Aurora expressed frustration regarding the process put into place for victims' assistance. Through no fault of anyone it was obvious the process needed to change. I am very pleased by the decision of all involved to bring in a special master, an independent arbiter who will oversee the process moving forward and the distribution of funds the way generous donors intended. Most importantly, the special master will ensure the victims and their families who are in great need of care and services receive the assistance to which they are entitled. Kenneth Feinberg has served as special master in many of our nation's most historic tragedies and his skills and character are highly respected. His commitment to this role brings instant credibility to the process in hopes of reassuring victims, their families, and all who have contributed to the recovery fund that this will be done right."
Feinberg is a nationally-recognized mediator when it comes to these funds from previous disasters.
Community First has helped raise more than $5 million since the shooting.
Twelve people were killed and 58 people were injured during the theater shootings in July.
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