Aurora theater victims to receive $2.9 million support grant

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Century 16 theater in Aurora undergoes renovation on Oct. 18, 2012.

Century 16 theater in Aurora undergoes renovation on Oct. 18, 2012.

AURORA, Colo. – Victims of the Aurora theater shootings are expected to receive a $2.9 million grant for support services, according to the federal government.

The Office for Victims of Crime announced Wednesday that the award will help support the more than 1,500 victims of the shootings.

“The physical, emotional and financial impact of such crimes can be devastating, leaving victims and emergency personnel in urgent need of services to reduce trauma and restore a sense of normalcy to their lives,” said Joye Frost, acting director of the Office for Victims of Crime.

Those who will receive support include the 12 people killed, the 69 wounded and their families, others in the theater complex at the time, first responders and residents that evacuated from an apartment complex where explosive devices were discovered.

“This award will aid victims in their recovery and participation in the criminal justice process,” Frost said.

The Colorado Department of Public Safety is the primary recipient of the three-year award. CDPS will provide funding to other Colorado agencies, including the 18th District Attorney’s Office, Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Aurora Mental Health Center, Denver and Aurora Police Departments, and Jefferson and Arapahoe County Sheriffs’ Departments.