Last of shooting fund disbursed in Rifle |

Last of shooting fund disbursed in Rifle

The last of $48,300 donated to aid victims in last summer’s shootings in Rifle has been disbursed, according to fund spokeswoman Irene Goergen.

“We want to thank everyone who helped,” Goergen said. “We are most appreciative.”

The money was given to families of the four people who died and to the three men injured in the July 4 shooting. All were Latinos, and some were Mexican nationals.

Goergen said a total of $36,307.62 was raised in private donations, and $12,000 came from the Chilson Fund.

Asistencia para Latinos, a now-defunct nonprofit agency, appointed a five-member committee to administer the fund.

Goergen said that from July 31 to Sept. 31, the fund disbursed $7,000 to help with burial and medical expenses.

The second round of payments totaled approximately $21,000 and included an $11,750 payment to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction and $9,923 to Clagett Memorial Hospital to cover medical bills.

The $19,439 balance was divided between four individuals or surviving family members. These included shooting victim Rodolfo Beltran, who had half a lung removed as a result of his injuries, Goergen said.

The other three families received insurance payments or money from the 9th Judicial District victims assistance fund, Goergen said.

“These other folks (the four) didn’t have anything,” Goergen said.

The man accused in the killings, Steven Michael Stagner, is being held without bond in the Garfield County Jail awaiting trial. He has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity.

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