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Compensation available for crime victims in Missouri

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Carnell Hickman, gunshot victim Carnell Hickman, gunshot victim

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A man says he is struggling to recover after becoming a victim of gun violence but said a statewide compensation fund has been helpful.

“The car came around the corner, passed us and stopped across the street and just started shooting,” said Carnell Hickman, gunshot victim.

Hickman says he was hit by bullets in both legs in October 2015.

“I was out of work for three months, I couldn’t walk for two and a half months. It was really tough,” said Hickman.

The medical bills piled up, Hickman says. The total climbed to about $31,000.

Lewis Reed, Board of Alderman President says there is help for those who have suffered gun violence.

The help comes in a form of the victim’s compensation fund. According to Reed, the aid is a statewide program that is funded through the courts.

Reed says the program offers financial help to crime victims, compensating for lost wages and medical expenses.

According to Reed, very few people in St. Louis know about this program. Reed says the benefits to crime victims can top out at $25,000.

Crime victims in the City of St. Louis can apply to the program through the Department of Public Safety.

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