BOSTON (AP) — The administrator of a fund created to help Boston Marathon bombing victims has a blunt message for them: Lower your expectations.
Attorney Kenneth Feinberg said at a public meeting Tuesday that the $28 million One Fund Boston won’t pay out nearly enough to fully compensate the families of the three killed or the more than 260 injured, and may not pay much of anything to those with less serious injuries.
“There isn’t enough money to pay everybody who justifiably expects it or needs it,” he said.
As victims grappled with the effects of the bombing, there was no resolution about where to bury one of the two suspects in the attack.
Worcester funeral home director Peter Stefan says more than 100 people in the U.S. and Canada have offered burial plots for the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed in a shootout with police, but officials in the cities and towns where they’re located have said no.
A Worcester police spokesman said Tuesday that officials are hopeful they can resolve the issue within the next few days. Tsarnaev’s younger brother, Dzhokhar, is in a prison hospital facing charges that could bring the death penalty.
On Tuesday, the area near the marathon finish line, where two bombs went off April 15, was busy with pedestrians as Feinberg spoke with victims and others at the Boston Public Library, directly across from the site of the first explosion.
Feinberg’s warning to lower expectations wasn’t lost on Dan Loring, whose daughter, Brittany, was so badly hurt by shrapnel from the first blast that she was in the hospital for 11 days. But the severity of her injuries still means she won’t qualify for the largest payments, leaving her father wondering about money for her care, including out-of-pocket expenses associated with her three surgeries and rehabilitation.
Loring, who lives in Lancaster, Mass., said he walked two miles to his Cambridge hotel “just to clear my head” after a similar meeting with Feinberg on Monday night that drew about 100 people. A few dozen were at Tuesday’s session, which Loring also attended.
“After leaving last night, I’m not so confident now we’ll see much, if anything,” he said.
Loring is not relying entirely on One Fund Boston, as an online campaign for his daughter on GiveForward has raised nearly $100,000 as of Tuesday. One Fund Boston was nearing $28.5 million, with about $11.5 million in public donations and about $17 million from corporations.
Feinberg’s draft plan for distributing the money reserves the highest payments for the families of the three killed in the bombings — Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi — and for the family of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was shot to death by the bombers as they attempted to flee. Those who suffered brain damage or double amputation of limbs also have top priority.