The Latest, club: Money to be given directly to families

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Posted: Jun 17, 2016 10:26 AM
The Latest, club: Money to be given directly to families

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

Officials are changing the method of getting money to the survivors and relatives of victims of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a news conference Friday morning that money from the OneOrlando fund will be distributed directly to the survives and relatives. Previously, officials had said money would be filtered through nonprofit agencies.

Dyer said that as of Friday morning, the fund has raised $7 million. He says 94 families and 256 individuals have visited the city's assistance center since it opened after a gunman entered the Pulse nightclub and started shooting early Sunday morning.

The mayor says the money will help people with medical care, food, rent and other emergencies.

Several other funds have been established, including one set up by the owner of Pulse, and others by gay and Latin advocacy groups.

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2:50 a.m.

A city that's supposed to be a tourist paradise is enduring somber days after tragedies that include the gay nightclub massacre.

Friends and relatives gathered for the funeral of club bouncer Kimberly "KJ" Morris in a suburb as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden laid flowers at a memorial of the 49 victims.

Obama and Biden also met privately with survivors and victims' families, the club owner and staff, with Obama telling them he was inspired by their courage and felt their pain.

A deadly alligator attack on a 2-year-old boy and the shooting of former "Voice" singer Christina Grimmie have added to Orlando's woes in recent days.

The FBI said it's still gathering evidence and analyzing cellphone location data to piece together gunman Omar Mateen's activities leading up to the shooting.