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Sandy Hook shooting: OVC gives Newtown community $1.52 million grant

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(WJLA) - The Department of Justice has given agencies that helped the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and their families a grant to reimburse them for costs incurred during their recovery.

The $1.52 million grant will be distributed to organizations and agencies that supported victims and first responders impacted by the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults. The money will cover the costs of providing trauma care, law enforcement support and crisis intervention, among other items.

Attorney General Eric Holder says the DoJ's Office for Victims of Crime will continue working with officials in Newtown, Conn. to develop further grant funding and programs for the town's long-term recovery.

"We reaffirm our commitment to standing with the people of Newtown, the families of the victims, and all who are helping to bring help and healing to those affected by this heartbreaking tragedy," Holder said in a statement.

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