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Families of Newtown Shooting Victims To Each Receive $281,000 In Donated Funds

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Families of Newtown shooting victims to each receive $281,000 in donated funds. | AP

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Families of the 26 children and educators killed in the Connecticut school shooting will receive $281,000 each under a plan for dividing up $7.7 million in donations.

Also, the families of 12 surviving children who witnessed the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School will each get $20,000. Two staff members who were injured will get $75,000 each.

A community foundation released the plan Wednesday, following a preliminary proposal last week and its approval Monday by the foundation board.

The foundation was asked to divide up more than $11 million raised with the help of the United Way. Committees will decide how the rest will be used.

Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza shot his mother at their home before assaulting school children and staff, then killing himself. His motive remains unclear.

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