Victim's Families Upset Over Hokie Memorial Fund

August 5, 2007

The attorney overseeing how the more than $7 million Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund will be distributed says he hopes to have his plan finalized by August 15th.

Kenneth Feinburg has met with the families of those killed and wounded at Virginia Tech, with his last town hall meeting on Friday in Blacksburg.

Feinburg says he plans to meet with university officials over the next two weeks to finish the plan. He hopes to begin processing applications in September and start distributing the money no later than November 1st.

The fund was created immediately after the April 16th shootings that left 33 including the gunman dead. It includes 32 named funds, one for each victim, a general scholarship fund and a fund for the broad support of the university community and the families of those involved.

Some victims' family members have expressed resentment over the fund and have claimed the university used their loved ones' names and biographies to raise money.

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