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Donations to be shared with shooter’s family

June 17, 2010

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— Donations from a fund set up to help survivors of three people killed in a St. Louis workplace shooting will be shared with the family of the gunman, who also killed himself, a spokesman for the foundation handling the fund said.

Word that assailant Timothy Hendron’s family might get an equal share of the payouts so far totaling nearly $68,000 apparently isn’t sitting well with the Webster Groves man’s former co-workers at the transformer-making ABB Inc. plant where he opened fire Jan. 7.

“A lot of ABB employees are upset about it,” said Adrienne Wilson, whose 27-year-old brother, Cory Wilson of Collinsville, Ill., died in the attack. She said she learned of the discontent about the payouts to Hendron’s family from an uncle who still works for the company.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that money from the fund, set up just days after the gunfire, will be distributed at the end of this month by the nonprofit, 5-year-old ABB Foundation.

The foundation’s spokes-man, Barry Dillon, says Hendron’s family will get some of the fund because they are “innocent victims in this, and they have an extra burden.”

The fund will accept contributions through September, with a small portion to be set aside to pay for a memorial at the plant. Donations should be sent to Merrill Zaft, ABB Foundation, 501 Merritt 7, 6th Floor, Norwalk, CT, 06851.

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