Jameel Assad pauses at a memorial set up outside the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach where alleged gunman Scott Dekraai shot and killed eight people and wounded one.
Family members of the victims of a salon mass shooting in Seal Beach are expected to receive a final disbursement of collected donations by mid-January, according to city officials.
Established by city leaders shortly after a gunman shot and killed eight people at Salon Meritage in October, the Seal Beach Victims’ Fund has served as a clearinghouse for donations to the victims’ families. In November, families received $150,000 through the fund.
The amount that is expected to be distributed this month has yet to be released.
The fund’s trustees showed gratitude toward the community and its local businesses, whose efforts boosted monetary contributions.
In late October, several Seal Beach merchants joined forces to hold a cut-a-thon. All proceeds from the event went to the victims’ fund.
Trustees stopped accepting donations Dec. 31, 2011, stating that donations beyond that point would not be dispersed by the trust.
“Currently, no other organization or agency has come forward as an impartial and jointly supported fund for any other long term fundraising or related activities,” said Seth Eaker, fund trustee and communications liaison, in a statement.
Huntington Beach resident Scott Evan Dekraai is accused of the shooting rampage in the quiet beachside community Oct. 13.
Dekraai was charged with eight counts of murder and prosecutors said they planned to seek the death penalty.