305 claims approved for Pulse nightclub victims' fund

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Posted: Dec 02, 2016 4:57 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials with a fund created from donations for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting say they will distribute $29.5 million on 305 claims when the process is completed.

Officials with OneOrlando Fund said Friday that $27.4 million has been distributed for 299 claims so far.

Officials say six claims remain unpaid because family members haven't agreed about who should get the money.

Fund officials say 348 claims were submitted but 43 claims were deemed ineligible, primarily because the claimant wasn't inside the nightclub.

Forty-nine people were killed and dozens of others injured in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Estates of the deceased patrons each received $350,000. Cumulatively, they received more than half of the fund, or about $17.1 million.

Surviving patrons got anywhere from $25,000 to $300,000 each, depending on whether they were injured and the extent of their injuries.

Thirty-six patrons who required hospitalization got a total of $6.5 million, including eight patrons who were hospitalized for more than 24 days and each got $300,000.

Twenty-nine patrons who required outpatient treatment were paid more than $1 million, or $35,000 each.

There were 186 patrons without injuries who were each paid $25,000 for a total sum of $4.6 million.