$1.5M Federal Grant For Newtown Aid

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced a $1.5 million grant to reimburse agencies that supported Newtown in the immediate aftermath of last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Holder says the state government will be in charge of distributing the money to agencies and organizations that provided help to first responders, victims’ families and others affected by the tragedy.

A gunman shot his way into the school on Dec. 14, 2012, and killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life as police arrived. He also killed his mother earlier that day.

The grant from the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime marks the latest federal aid for Newtown.

In August, the U.S. government announced $2.5 million for police departments that responded to the shooting.

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