Ft. Hood Shooter Gave Away Salary, No Money Left for Victims
Convicted Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan gave the $300,000 collected in salary since 2009 to charity, leaving none for his victims or their families.
According to CBS News, an "Army spokesman [says] the military can't get the money back because Hasan, like any other service member charged with a crime," was simply receiving his salary as required until he was convicted.
Hasan's civil attorney John Gilligan added: "There's really no money in any bank that I'm aware of. There's really no property holdings."
In other words, the victims of Hasan's attack will not be getting any funds from their attacker.
While some say Hasan's salary only would have been a fraction of what was needed to begin with, his surviving victims stress the principle at stake. Retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford was shot seven times in the Ft. Hood attack, and he gave the following testimony at Hasan's trial: "During [the] time the man was incarcerated, he was still drawing full military pay [and] full military benefits. That money was spent on him, and we were denied--still--certain benefits."
Hasan's civil attorney will not reveal what charities the Ft. Hood shooter supported, nor will he reveal where Hasan kept his money before dispersing it. He will only confirm that "Hasan's paychecks were not deposited in a bank."
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