Florida AG Bondi: My Office Will Pay for Funerals of Murdered Students
At a Wednesday evening press conference, Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi said her office will pay for the funeral expenses of the 17 deceased students that were victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Bondi, a Republican, called him shortly after the shooting occurred to tell him she would come down from Tallahassee to be with the victims and local officials.
Bondi called the shooting a "horrible tragedy" and said Florida has experienced such loss before after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
"We will pay for the funeral expenses of these poor victims," Bondi said. "We will take care of it."
Bondi also issued a stern warning to scammers, saying she is working with GoFundMe to prevent fake charity drives from duping people into donating money they believe is going toward victims.
"If you think you're going to scam people during this tragedy, you're not," she said.
She added that representatives of the national funeral home industry will be coming to the area to assure victims' families are treated well by the local mortuaries.
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