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Crime Orinda shooting: Following criticism, Airbnb says it will pay for funerals and counseling of victims

18:25  08 november  2019
18:25  08 november  2019 Source:   sfchronicle.com

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Airbnb said Thursday it will pay funeral expenses for the five victims of the Orinda shooting and will cover counseling bills for their families after a victim ’s lawyer blasted the company’s response to the Halloween massacre at one of its rental properties. In a statement, Airbnb said it has set aside funds

Airbnb has announced it will pay funeral expenses for the five victims and cover counseling bills for their families, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. “The family of Mr. Raymon Hill, Jr. has watched with heartache as the narrative surrounding the Halloween mass shooting in Orinda has been spun

Airbnb said Thursday it will pay funeral expenses for the five victims of the Orinda shooting and will cover counseling bills for their families after a victim’s lawyer blasted the company’s response to the Halloween massacre at one of its rental properties.

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Airbnb has agreed to pay funeral expenses for the five people killed in last week’s Orinda Halloween shooting , even as victims ’ families decry the In the aftermath, Airbnb said it would implement several reforms to prevent similar incidents, including verifying all 7 million homes on its platform in an

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In a statement, Airbnb said it has set aside funds for funeral expenses and counseling for the victims’ families and has been in contact with Jesse Danoff, a lawyer who represents the family of Raymon Hill Jr., one of the people killed when gunfire erupted at the party on Oct. 31.

Danoff issued a statement earlier Thursday in response to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky’s recent tweets saying the company is “working to support” the families and neighbors impacted by the tragedy.

He said his law firm “wants the public to know that in no way has Airbnb done anything to support the family of Mr. Hill.” He said the family asked Airbnb to cover funeral expenses but got no response.

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The Associated Press Published Friday, November 8, 2019 11:18AM EST. ORINDA , Calif. - - Airbnb says it will pay funeral expenses for the five Airbnb said in a statement it has set aside funds for funeral expenses and counselling for the victims ' families and has been in contact with Danoff.

Airbnb has announced it will pay funeral expenses for the five victims and cover counseling bills for their families, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. “The family of Mr. Raymon Hill, Jr. has watched with heartache as the narrative surrounding the Halloween mass shooting in Orinda has been spun

“They haven’t even reached out to apologize,” Danoff said in the statement. “They have merely responded in public with platitudes and thoughts and prayers or have made nebulous promises to ‘do better’ and ‘improve trust.’”

Airbnb defended its response to the shooting, saying it is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter and is cooperating with police.

Shortly after Danoff issued that statement, Airbnb called Danoff to apologize and offer the funds. Danoff said the company representative told him details would be worked out later.

Danoff criticized Airbnb’s offer as simply a response to bad publicity.

“This is a reactionary statement,” Danoff said.

Despite the company’s offer, Danoff said his law firm, Mitchell, will sue Airbnb for negligence that caused “a grave and serious risk to life.”

“We’re looking to have the family compensated for what was a senseless death of their family member,” Danoff said.

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The room-sharing platform says it will also cover counseling bills for families. Airbnb 's CEO previously said the firm was cracking down on unauthorized parties in the wake of the A fire burning in Sonoma County about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Orinda earlier in the week fouled the air

Airbnb Pledges to Pay for Funerals of Orinda Shooting Victims . Still getting sued. Jesse Danoff, a lawyer representing the family of victim Raymon Hill Jr., issued a statement Thursday saying his law firm “wants the public to know that in no way has Airbnb done anything to support the family

A copy of the complaint Danoff said will be filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court on Friday shows Hill’s parents alleging that Airbnb and the property owners of the Orinda home allowed “a large Halloween night party fueled by alcohol and drugs without adequate supervision and/or any security measures taken that altogether served to create/promote an air of lawlessness and violence leading to the presence of the mass shooter or shooters on the property.”

Hill and four other partygoers were shot and killed in an Orinda house that had been rented through Airbnb for a Halloween party.

The other victims were Tiyon Farley, 22, of Antioch; Omar Taylor, 24, of Pittsburg; Javlin County, 29, of Sausalito and Richmond; and Oshiana Tompkins, 19, of Vallejo and Hercules.

Hill was the third son in his family to die from gun violence since 2012. His brother, Raydale Hill, was shot and killed just after midnight on Sept. 13, 2018, while putting oil in his car on the 800 block of West Grand Avenue in Oakland.

Another brother, Ja’Quan Morton, was shot to death in a triple shooting in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood on April 13, 2012.

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Airbnb said it has set aside funds for the funeral and counseling and has been in contact with Danoff, who didn't return a message Friday seeking The Orinda Police Department has been criticized for not responding immediately on Halloween to several noise complaints about the large

Airbnb said in a statement it has set aside funds for funeral expenses and counseling for the victims ’ families and has been in contact with Danoff. 31 shooting sent some 100 terrified partygoers running for their lives. No arrests had been made.

“I’m trying to still come to grips,” the brothers’ mother, Cynthia Taylor, told The Chronicle. “I just don’t want to believe it. I try and just think of something else.”

On Thursday, The Chronicle reported at least 42 people have been shot inside or just outside short-term rental properties across the United States over the past six months — and 17 have died, according to police and news reports.

As in the Orinda case, many of the shootings happened during parties at Airbnb rentals and involved several victims. The tally includes at least 23 shooting incidents in 12 states, including California, since May.

“There had been enough warning signs to see that what happened to these young men and women was not only predictable, it was inevitable,” Danoff said in the statement. “Airbnb only decided to change any of their policies when they saw public opinion turning against them after multiple lives were lost.”

San Francisco Chronicle staff writers Matthias Gafni and Megan Cassidy contributed to this report.

Anna Bauman and Alejandro Serrano are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: anna.bauman@sfchronicle.comalejandro.serrano@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @abauman2

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