The U.S. Department of Justice will give around $8.4 million in grant money to organizations helping those impacted by last year’s Boston Marathon bombing.
The grant money will help cover costs for groups providing crisis intervention services, trauma care, legal services, social and economic support, and other victim assistance. Attorney General Eric Holder said the grant would affect people in the vicinity of the bombings, as well as residents in the neighborhood where a gunfight occurred between bombing suspects and police.
“This award will ensure that Boston and the state of Massachusetts can provide critical support to victims and their families as they work to restore a sense of normalcy to their lives,” Holder said in a press release today.
Three people were killed and 264 were wounded in last April’s bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line. Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were implicated as suspects — Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police four days after the bombing and Dzhokhar was arrested. Dzhokhar has since been charged with planning and carrying out the attack.
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