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Families of Parkland shooting victims settle lawsuit with Department of Justice for roughly $ 130 million: NPR


A memorial can be seen outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in honor of those killed in a mass shooting in 2018. The families of more than a dozen victims are reached a legal settlement with the Ministry of Justice.

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Families of Parkland shooting victims settle lawsuit with Department of Justice for roughly $ 130 million: NPR

A memorial can be seen outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in honor of those killed in a mass shooting in 2018. The families of more than a dozen victims are reached a legal settlement with the Ministry of Justice.

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The families of more than a dozen victims of the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Have reached an agreement with the Department of Justice to resolve their lawsuit over the FBI’s failure to act on information about the shooter.

In a joint case filed on Monday, lawyers for the families and the department said they had reached an agreement to settle all of the claims at issue in the case.

The document does not include a financial figure, but a person familiar with the talks says it is around $ 130 million.

The shooting took place on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where Nikolas Cruz opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring at least 17 others.

In their lawsuit, the families accused the FBI of negligence. They say the office received information about Cruz, including his accumulation of weapons and his desire to blow up a school, but agents did not intervene to prevent the violence.

Weeks before the shooting, an informant told the FBI that Cruz “was going to explode” and that he “was going to slip into a school and start shooting at the place”.

“While no resolution can ever restore what the Parkland families have lost, this settlement marks an important step towards justice,” said Kristina Infante, senior counsel for the families, in a statement.

In the court file, the parties say they are working to finalize additional details before submitting it for final approval.

The Justice Department declined to comment beyond the filing.

Last month, Cruz pleaded guilty. He is still awaiting conviction.

News of the Parkland settlement follows about a month after an $ 88 million DOJ settlement with families from the 2015 mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

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