The Broward County School District will pay more than $26 million to the families of 17 people killed and some injured in last year’s Valentine’s Day Massacure at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Members of the Board voted Tuesday to approve the two legal settlements.
51 plaintiffs, including family members of the 17 victims, injured students and staff, will share the $25 million settlement.
Anthony Borges, who sustained some of the most serious injuries, will receive another $1.25 million in one lump sum. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Borges’ lawyer separated himself from the larger case, saying that his client would have to undergo costly medical treatment throughout his life.
In addition, 16 injured people will receive $345,000 to about $777,000. About $1 million will be distributed to the estates of the dead, and about $1 million will be shared among the injured. About $22,800 will be distributed to 19 others who were traumatized. A three-part payment schedule will be given to the survivors.
Nikolas Cruz, 23, awaits a death sentence or life in prison early next year after pleading guilty to the murders in October.
“The board is eager to show our dedication and compassion for the victims of this terrible tragedy. We are thankful that they were able to find closure in a settlement with no amount being enough,” said interim general counsel Marylin Batista, referring also not only those who lost loved ones but also members from all walks life.