New experienced manager set to oversee Aurora Victim Relief Fund

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26 2012 9:10 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2009 file photo, Special Master for Executive Compensation Ken Feinberg speaks during a discussion at Georgetown Law Center in Washington. Feinberg was appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Friday to oversee the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.

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Amidst vocal protest from family members of the victims of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., a new manager has been appointed to oversee the Aurora Victim Relief Fund and is expected to focus on quickly distributing the proper funds to victims and their families.

"Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Kenneth Feinberg on Friday to manage to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund following complaints from the families of those killed or wounded in the July 20 attack about slow disbursement of the more than $5-million contributed to the fund," according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Fienberg is no stranger to dealing with these type of situations. He was involved in managing compensation funds for victims of Sept. 11, the Virginia Tech shooting and the BP oil spill, according to reports. He was also recently assigned to manage compensation claims in the Penn State child sex-abuse case involving Jerry Sandusky.

He worked on several of the above cases for free, and intends to do the same on this case, the Denver Post reported.

"I am doing what millions Americans would do if asked," he said to reporters at a news conference at the Capitol. "I have had some experience doing this, so I get the call.

Many of the victims' family members gathered weeks ago to publicly express their concern with the relief fund and how the donated money was being managed and distributed.

“Victims are paralyzed, facing multiple and painful surgeries, unable to walk, to work and pay their rent, food and medical bills,” said Tom Teves, whose son, Alex, was one of the 12 people killed, the Los Angeles Times reported. “Some have no medical insurance at all.”

Feinberg said the nearly $5 million in donations for victims of the Aurora theater shooting should be delivered "quickly without restriction," reported the Denver Post.

"What is vitally important," Feinberg said at the news conference, "is the necessity to get this money out to those in need and who have suffered a terrible, terrible loss."

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