Family members of Pulse murder victims, who may have hated them for being gay, are now trying to get their hands on the cash available from charity funds.
Each of the families of the 49 victims killed in the massacre at the gay nightclub will get $350,000 from OneOrlando fund, but it will be privately up to the family who gets what.
Alex Martins, chair of the OneOrlando board, said about half of the families of the 49 victims are fighting with other family members and partners over claims to the money.
If these disputes are not resolved, they head to probate court.
‘We do have a number of disputes amongst families of the dead,’ Martins told Orlando Weekly.
‘It’s parents in dispute with a partner, who perhaps they didn’t know, or estranged parents, claiming one of them should receive the funds.’
The partner of one of the victims, who wishes to remain anonymous, told his boyfriend was kicked out from his home as a teenager.
And now, he claims, the family have realised they can make money from their son’s death.
We have not been able to speak to the family members in question to confirm this.
The OneOrlando Fund received $29.5 million, which will be divided between families and survivors of the mass shooting.
The families of the deceased victims are receiving a larger share of the funds, totaling about $17.2 million. The 37 survivors who were hospitalized will receive anywhere from $65,000 to $300,000 depending on how long they were in hospital.
31 people who received outpatient treatment for their injuries will get $35,000 each. An additional 182 patrons of Pulse who were there when the shooting began but not injured will receive $25,000 each.
Martins has also said 44 claims were rejected because either they were duplicate claims from family members or because it appeared they had lied about being at Pulse or being hospitalized after the shooting.