Texas senator working to get families of Uvalde shooting victims all fundraiser money

Texas senator working to get families of Uvalde shooting victims all fundraiser money

A Texas state senator is working to verify the households of the 21 Uvalde college capturing victims get the cash that’s being raised for them.

“We’re going to try to get all of them the sufferer’s help cash that the county and town has collected for them,” Texas Sen. Roland Gutierrez stated. “We present in Sutherland Spring (2017 mass capturing) that these people solely bought about 30% of these funds. That’s my huge concern.”

There are at the least three official fundraisers for the households and victims and a myriad for particular person fundraisers on GoFundMe. One official fundraiser is being administered by the varsity district the place the capturing occurred. The second is being collected by the Metropolis of Uvalde, and the third is being run by the State of Texas by the OneStar Basis web site.

“We haven’t seen any of that,” Vincent Salazar, whose daughter Layla was one of many 19 fourth graders murdered within the rampage, advised The Publish Friday. “Robb [Elementary] has raised nicely over $5 million {dollars}. Why haven’t they launched even only a small fraction to the households simply to assist out for now?”

Vincent Salazar stated that his household has not seen any of the skin cash fundraised for them.James Keivom for New York Publish

Neither the Metropolis of Uvalde, the Uvalde Consolidated Unbiased Faculty District or OneStar responded to The Publish’s requests for touch upon how a lot has been raised and when the funds can be launched to the households.

“These are working class households which are making $10 an hour. They’re not faculty graduates. They don’t have $50,000 within the financial institution. They want belongings now. I’m going to verify they get these distributions,” stated Gutierrez.

Salazar advised The Publish he hadn’t spoken to different households about what their monetary scenario is or whether or not they had acquired any of the cash raised on behalf of their murdered kids.

Sen. Gutierrez stated that victims of the 2017 Sutherland Spring capturing solely acquired 30% of the funds raised.Jay Janner-USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA

Funeral bills for the victims had been lined by an nameless donor by a Uvalde funeral residence and the state is at present paying for counseling providers for the victims, but it surely’s unknown how lengthy these providers can be out there. It’s additionally unknown if the 17 different individuals who had been injured within the capturing however are alive could be eligible for a similar funds.

“I’m nonetheless getting paid for my job. I’m nonetheless getting a paycheck. My job, H-E-B, has been serving to us with meals. They’ve been tremendous useful. I don’t know what different individuals’s conditions are.”

Salazar stated he doesn’t know when he’ll return to work since his spouse is de facto fighting their daughter’s dying. It’s a call that could possibly be simpler to make in the event that they knew when funds could be out there to them. He stated nobody has shared plans about how or when which may occur.

“The one factor we’ve seen is what’s on our GoFundMe web page,” which has raised over $120,000 stated Salazar.

The GoFundMe pages have collectively amassed $11 million for the households, reported Bloomberg.

Layla’s funeral hasn’t occurred but. Between making funeral preparations and grieving, Salazar says the households haven’t had time to trace the cash.

Salazar’s daughter Layla was one of many 19 college students killed in Texas.Vincent Salazar by way of AP

“You’re speaking about plenty of fundraisers and plenty of issues which are being carried out,” stated Salazar. “Who’s preserving observe of all this? Who’s ensuring that the households get the cash? I don’t need anyone utilizing my daughter’s title to make themselves cash, and never simply my daughter, however all the youngsters.”

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