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Parkland families welcome $127.5M federal settlement

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Posted at 5:42 PM, Mar 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-17 17:42:10-04

MIAMI (AP) — Parents of victims in Florida’s 2018 high school massacre say they're glad to see the federal government reach a $127.5 million settlement over FBI inaction in the case and hope a future tragedy can be prevented.

One father of a Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School student who was killed says the money can relieve financial stress, but won’t bring happiness or return their lost children.

Another says at least some money likely will go into foundations in memory of victims. Attorneys for victims' families previously announced the settlement in November, and the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed the deal and the dollar amount Wednesday.

The families of 16 out of 17 people killed had sued the government over the FBI’s failure to investigate a tip it received about a month before the massacre.