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November 28, 2021

Families of Parkland Victims Receive $130M Settlement

Families of victims of the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., reached a settlement with the Justice Department in their lawsuit over the FBI’s failure to act on tips about the gunman.

NPR reported that the settlement totals around $130 million.

The shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, where former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring at least 17 others.

In their suit, the families accused the FBI of negligence, saying the bureau failed to act on tips it received about Cruz, including his amassing of weapons and his desire to shoot up a school.

Weeks before the shooting, a tipster told the FBI that Cruz “was going to slip into a school and start shooting the place up.”

“Although no resolution could ever restore what the Parkland families lost, this settlement marks an important step toward justice,” said Kristina Infante, the lead attorney for the families.

Cruz pleaded guilty last month. He’s still awaiting sentencing.

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Families of Parkland shooting victims settle lawsuit with DOJ for about $130 million

October 20, 2021

Families of Parkland victims receive $25 million settlement

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.

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Families of Parkland shooting victims reach $25 million settlement with school district

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