In Florida, the Broward County school district reached a $25 million settlement with the families of the victims of the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
The settlement will go to 17 families that filed wrongful death lawsuits, 16 surviving victims, and a separate 19 victims who now have post-traumatic stress disorder. The parties are still finalizing the settlement.
“There isn’t enough money in existence that would compensate the victims and their families adequately,” attorney David Brill said in a statement. “But this settlement provides a measure of justice and accountability to them and the other families and victims.”
News of the settlement comes as the alleged shooter faces over 30 charges stemming from the February 2018 shooting.
Nikolas Cruz reportedly plans to plead guilty to 17 counts of murder and another 17 counts of attempted murder, punishable by the death penalty or life in prison.