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Federal Government pays $127M to Parkland victims’ families

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FILE- In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, parents wait for news of their loved ones after a former student opened fire killing several students and three staff members, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The latest mass shooting at the Florida high school has some pondering the improbable: Could this one actually bring some measure of change? (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach, File)

The federal government has settled all the lawsuits filed over the Parkland high school shooting in Broward.

The final sum?  $127.5 million dollars is the settlement paid out by the federal government to the families of victims of the 2018 Parkland high school shooting in Florida.

The Justice Department says it settles all 40 of the lawsuits spawned by the shooting that killed 17 and injured 17 more, when a former student walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School armed a semi-automatic weapon, and opened fire.

Federal officials say the settlement does not admit guilt, though the FBI has previously admitted to not following up on tips about the gunman before the rampage.

The Parkland school massacre on Valentine’s Day is now known as the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history.