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Theater shooting victims' families seek review

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 09 2012 06:13:12 PM CDT
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Evan Semon/Reuters

July 20, 2012: James Holmes is accused of opening fire in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, killing at least 12 and wounding 58 others.

DENVER -

Eleven families of people killed in the shootings at an Aurora movie theater are asking state officials to investigate a charity that has collected $5.2 million for victims.

They contend Community First Foundation and its affiliate Giving First broke state law by failing to get their permission before using victims' photographs online to encourage donations.

They say the foundation also implied contributions would go to victims' families, but Giving First has said about $100,000 went to nonprofit groups. A foundation representative didn't immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.

The families of the 12 people killed and 58 injured in the July 20 attack have each received $5,000 so far. Following families' complaints, a mediator agreed to oversee future distributions.

The attorney general's office says it's reviewing the families' letter.

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