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Michigan State U. Shooting Families Receive $15M Settlement

Michigan State University's board of trustees approved a $15 million settlement with the families of three students who were killed during a mass shooting on campus this year. The board announced Friday it unanimously voted on the agreements with the families of sophomores Arielle Anderson and Brian Fraser, and junior Alexandria Verner, USA Today reports. Attorney Ven Johnson, who represents the Anderson and Fraser families, said the university agreed to pay a combined $15 million to the families. Each family will receive $5 million. "While no amount of compensation can ever replace the loss of a life, we do hope this brings some closure, support and relief to these impacted families," said Trustee Dan Kelly. "The university gives its deepest condolences to each of the three families, and we are committed to ensuring the memory of their child is not forgotten in the Spartan community."


Anderson, Fraser and Verner were fatally shot on Feb. 13 when a gunman opened fire at Berkey Hall and the MSU Union, a popular hub to eat or study. Five other students were wounded. The shooter was identified as 43-year-old Anthony Dwayne McRae, who authorities said had once been on probation for a previous gun violation and had a history of mental health struggles. McRae was shot and killed after being confronted by police miles from campus. Authorities have said McRae had no connection to the university or the victims. In April, authorities announced they found no conclusive motive for the mass shooting. David Femminineo, an attorney for the Verner family, noted the settlement will allow the family to increase Alexandria's scholarship fund and continue her legacy. “The Verner Family will make it their life’s work to make sure that the legacy of Alex Verner will never be forgotten and that her legacy will act as a lightening rod for change to prevent this from ever happening again," Femminineo said.


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