April 23, 2013 |
BOSTON -- As people were allowed to return for the first time to homes and offices near the site of the Boston Marathon bombings, the youngest victim was laid to rest Tuesday. A private funeral Mass was held for 8-year-old Martin Richard, according to his parents. “We laid our son Martin to rest, and he is now at peace,” Denise and Bill Richard said in a statement. “We plan to have a public memorial service in the coming weeks to allow friends and loved ones from our community to join us for a celebration of Martin's life.” The couple thanked the community for support during “the most difficult week of our lives.” The boy was one of three people killed and more than 260 wounded when two bombs exploded near the marathon's finish line April 15. Health officials said 51 people remained hospitalized eight days later.
April 17, 2013 |
BOSTON - Authorities have obtained clear images of the faces of two men with backpacks who they believe were acting suspiciously around the time of the Boston Marathon bombings, a potential breakthrough in the search to find who planted the deadly devices, sources familiar with the investigation said Wednesday. A department store surveillance camera caught an image of at least one of the men leaving a backpack near the finish line, a federal law enforcement official said. Another official briefed on the investigation said the image that shows two men is the first indication that more than one bomber may have been responsible for the attacks that killed three people and injured more than 170 at Monday's race.
October 15, 2012 |
DENVER - Nearly $5 million raised for the victims of the Aurora movie theater massacrewill be distributed next month, with the bulk of it going to families of the 12 who died and to those most gravely wounded, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooperannounced Monday. The distribution equation was determined by Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who has overseen the distribution of billions of dollars in other funds, including for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and the 2010 BP oil spill.
September 21, 2012 |
Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw victim compensation funds after the Virginia Tech shootings, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and to those connected to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is being asked to become involved in the money collected after a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. The shooting prompted more than $5 million in donations. Feinberg, who was hired this week to deal with compensation claims stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal at Penn State, will meet on Friday with Colorado state and charity officials to discuss a role in resolving disputes, it was reported by a variety of media outlets.
November 30, 2011 |
When the weight of strangers' grief overwhelms him, Kenneth Feinberg takes a walk. Sometimes he buys an ice cream and sits on a park bench, letting the sun replenish his depleted well of compassion. Other times, after listening to the pain, anger and recriminations of the bereaved, Feinberg takes refuge in opera — not for its cathartic pathos, but because it's the one place where he can count on falling asleep. A balding, bespectacled lawyer with skin nearly as thick as his Boston accent, Feinberg must daily sort the emotional rubble of disaster.
April 19, 2011 |
The administrator of BP's $20-billion restitution fund defended his work Monday, noting that he has already approved 300,000 claims for residents and businesses, paying out a total of $3.8 billion and counting. Gulf Coast Claims Facility Administrator Kenneth R. Feinberg has been criticized by coastal residents and public officials for overseeing a process that they say has been at times baffling, unfair and slow to fulfill BP's promise to make things right after the company's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.