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Victims' Fund committee chairman says funds could go out in late March

Mynda Smith and her father Chris Davis are shown near a memorial cross for her sister Neysa Tonks during “Greg Zanis Day” at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. Zanis, a carpenter from Aurora, Ill., was recognized by the Clark County Commision for creating 58 crosses memorializing those who died during the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting on Oct. 1. The crosses were later moved to the Clark County Museum for its permanent collection. [Bill Hughes/Las Vegas News Bureau]

The committee overseeing the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund says payments to shooting victims could be made by late March.

The fund has collected $15 million and is still growing.

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“I think what claimants will have to demonstrate is that they were actually there, how they were injured, if they were hospitalized, for how long,” says Scott Nielson, chairman of the fund committee.

The largest payments will be made to family members of the 58 people who were killed, followed by those who were hospitalized the longest.

“If a person has been hospitalized for one day, and another person has been hospitalized for 20 days, the person who was hospitalized for 20 days would receive much more money,” says Nielson.

Claims will be accepted until the end of January, according to Nielson.

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On Tuesday, the Victims’ Fund committee will hold two public meetings to answer questions on how to file a claim.

The Town Hall events are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center, Commission Chambers, at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

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