From left: Memorials for Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson, Staff Sgt. Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez and Sgt. Timothy Owens are seen before an April 9 memorial service at Fort Hood, Texas. (Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images)
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A fund has opened to gather donations for wounded victims of the Fort Hood shooting and for the families of those killed in the tragedy.
Fort Hood, Texas, and the National Center for Victims of Crime are partnering to collect donations, Fort Hood officials announced on Monday, saying 100 percent of the donations to the National Compassion Fund will go to the wounded victims and families of those who died in the mass shooting, .
Four people died, including the shooter, and 16 were wounded on April 2 when a soldier opened fire at Fort Hood.
“We know of no other fund set up especially for mass crime victims where the public knows that every dollar they donate is going directly to those victims,” said Mai Fernandez, executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, quoted in Fort Hood’s news release. “These victims will struggle to recover physically and mentally, in the months and years ahead. This fund ensures that money generously donated by the public will go directly to them.”
The response to the tragedy from the local community and nationwide has been “enormous,” said Col. Paul Reese, chief of operations for III Corps and Fort Hood.
All donations are going through the National Center for Victims of Crime, according to the release.
Anyone may donate by going to the National Compassion Fund Website at www.NationalCompassionFund.org .
Donations may be made by credit or debit card, mailing a check, or sending a $10 donation by texting SURVIVOR to 84456.