Colorado shooting victims demand answers on public donations

FILE - In this Friday, April 23, 2021, file photo, photographs of the 10 victims of a mass shooting in a King Soopers grocery store are posted on a cement barrier outside the supermarket in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

DENVER (AP) - Several families and survivors of those killed in the March mass shooting at a Colorado supermarket have demanded the appointment of a special master to help distribute public donations for victims to a centralized account. They say the nonprofit groups handling the funds are not being transparent about donations provided to victims.

Their campaign has reopened a debate that emerged after past mass shootings over how Americans can best help alleviate the anguish of personal and financial losses that survivors endure after their lives have been shattered by senseless violence - and how the administrative costs of fund gathering and administration play a role.

The groups giving out donated money to survivors of the 10 people killed March 22 at the King Soopers market - Community Foundation Boulder County and the Colorado Healing Fund - defend their work and dispute that the appointment of a special master is needed.