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Stoneman Douglas victims reach settlement with the FBI

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An MSD Strong sign is shown in a memorial garden outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the one-year anniversary of the school shooting, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Parkland, Fla. A year ago on Thursday, 14 students and three staff members were killed when a gunman opened fire at the high school. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The families of several Majory Stoneman Douglas massacre victims have reached a settlement with the FBI.

16 of  the 17 families filed a lawsuit against the FBI claiming they failed to investigate a tip it received about the gunman about a month before the massacre occurred.

According to the report, an anonymous caller called into the FBI tip line claiming that Nikolas Cruz was in procession of several guns and planned to target the school. The FBI, however, failed to follow up on the possible threat.

While details surrounding the monetary amount the government agreed to pay the family’s was kept confidential, one person who spoke under the condition of anonymity said that they settled for $127.5 million overall.

Lead attorney, Kristina Infante released a statement about the win saying:

“It has been an honor to represent the Parkland families who, through their immeasurable grief, have devoted themselves to making the world a safer place,” Infante said in a statement. “Although no resolution could ever restore what the Parkland families lost, this settlement marks an important step toward justice.”

Gunman and former student, Nikolas Cruz opened fire on the school in February of 2018 where he killed 17 people and injured several others.

He pleaded guilty last month to 17 counts of first-degree murder. Penalty trials have been scheduled to begin in January. He faces the death penalty.