Memorials to the Dayton shooting victims filled the sidewalks of the Oregon District this week in the wake of nine people being killed about 1 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. Police shot and killed the shooter, Connor Betts, 24, in less than a minute after he opened fire. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Deceased victims’ families will get $233K each from fund

Families of those killed in the Oregon District shootings will receive a slightly smaller share of $3.1 million in charitable gifts than originally proposed while those injured in the Aug. 4 shootings will receive a slightly higher percentage.

A volunteer task force charged with deciding how best to divide money given by more than 4,400 people made those decisions after after hearing input from citizens in mail, email and public meetings last month. 

"Without a doubt, this has been the most difficult community task that I have ever undertaken, just because of the nature of what happened," said Gary LeRoy, co-chair of the task force. 

The Dayton Foundation Tuesday released its final guidelines on how it will divide more than $3 million donated to Dayton after a lone gunman killed nine people in the Oregon District Aug. 4.

The final protocol mostly reflects what was outlined in an earlier draft — but with some differences.

In the final protocol, about 70 percent of the money, or $2.1 million, is set aside to go to families or estates of the nine deceased victims. That works out to just over $233,000 per victim’s family.

The earlier, draft protocol had proposed setting aside 75 percent of the fund for families of the deceased, amounting to about $250,000 per victim.

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A bottom category of expected applicants — people treated by a physician and released within 48 hours of the Aug. 4 shootings — saw its total percentage of the fund rise from a proposed 5 percent in the draft to 10 percent in the final protocol.

That category’s total pool rose from $150,000 in the draft to $300,000 in the final protocol.

Those who were hospitalized for 48 hours or more as a result of the shootings would be in line for a share of 20 percent of the fund or about $600,000.

Those who can document a longer duration of hospitalization would be eligible for more money. For example, those who were admitted for 10 or more days would be eligible for a share of $360,000.

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While the number of deceased victims is set, it’s unclear how many injured survivors will apply for a share of the charitable fund.

The foundation is now accepting applications for a share of the money at DaytonFoundation.org.

Applications are due Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted until then, as well. 

The Oregon District shooting victims were: Derrick Fudge, 57; Lois Oglesby, 27; Saeed Saleh, 38; Logan Turner, 30; Nicholas Cumer, 25; Thomas McNichols, 25; Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36; Monica Brickhouse, 39; and Megan Betts, 22. Dayton police killed the shooter, Betts’ brother, in the event.

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