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March 25, 2013

Massacre Survivors Unite in Call for National Victims' Fund

An ad hoc group representing people directly affected by U.S. mass killings, including the 9/11 attacks and the Aurora, Columbine, and Virginia Tech shootings, is pressing for the creation of a national fund to coordinate donations to victims of future tragedies, Reuters reports.

The as-yet-unnamed organization has held meetings with White House officials and lawmakers aimed at establishing a new mechanism to ensure aid is distributed quickly and—unless specified by donors for other purposes—goes directly to the families of those killed.

Victims' kin in Aurora, Oklahoma City, and other massacre sites have complained about bureaucratic obstacles and slow disbursement of millions of dollars in contributions. "We cannot watch this happen, yet again, in Sandy Hook," the new group said in a statement.

In Newtown, Conn., sharply divergent views are emerging on how use approximately $15-million given thus far to more than 40 organizations raising money in connection with December's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, writes The New York Times.