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Columbine Victims Fund at $4.4M

September 1, 1999

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) _ The largest fund established to help victims of the Columbine High School shootings has accepted its final donations after collecting $4.4 million.

The Healing Fund, an arm of the Mile High United Way, will disband next week after disbursing the final $1 million to the those seriously injured in the April 20 shootings, officials said Tuesday.

The Healing Fund’s $4.4 million was part of the $6 million that donors from around the world contributed to 30 different charities established for the victims. The Healing Fund acted as a general holding pot.

Most of the money already has been distributed to families of the shooting victims. Gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide.

Another $1.6 million will go toward community programs, such as counseling and youth violence prevention programs. Additional contributions will go to victims with specific needs.

At the families’ request, the breakdown of the last $1 million will not be released publicly, said Kelley Cahill, spokeswoman for Mile High United Way.

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