Airbnb said it will pay funeral expenses for the five victims who died in a Halloween shooting in one of the rental properties in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The company said Thursday that it will also cover the guidance accounts for their families, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The decision comes after a victim's lawyer, Jesse Danoff, destroyed the company's reaction to the Halloween massacre in one of the rental properties and says that Airbnb & # 39; responded publicly with commonplace and thoughts and prayers & # 39 ;
Airbnb said in a statement that it has reserved money for funeral expenses and counseling for the families of the victims and has been in contact with Danoff, who is the family of Raymon Hill Jr. represents.
Airbnb said it will pay funeral expenses for the five victims who died in a Halloween shooting at one of the rental properties (photo) in the San Francisco Bay Area
Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky vowed to have 100% verified all rental properties on the site within a year in a statement published Thursday on their website
The shooting on October 31 sent about 100 terrified partygoers away for their lives. No arrests have been made so far.
The owner of the property – who thought he had rented it to only 12 people – saw the party unfold over the house's security cameras before calling the police.
The company was in contact with Jesse Danoff, a lawyer for the family of Raymon Hill Jr., one of the people killed when the fire broke out on October 31.
Danoff had responded to the recent tweets from Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky in which he claimed the company & # 39; works & # 39; supporting the families of the victims and others affected by the shooting.
He said his law firm & # 39; wants the public to know that Airbnb in no way has done anything to Mr. Mr.'s family. Hill to maintain & # 39 ;.
& # 39; They have not even apologized, & # 39; said Danoff in the statement. & # 39; They have only responded publicly with common places and thoughts and prayers or have made vague promises to & # 39; do it better & # 39; and & # 39; improve confidence & # 39 ;.
The other victims were identified as 22-year-old Tiyon Farley, 24-year-old Omar Taylor, Oshiana Tompkins, 19 and 29-year-old Javin County.
More than 100 young people danced to Taylor & # 39; s music last Thursday at 23:00 when gunshots broke out in the rented four-bedroom home in the 100 block of Lucille Way in Orinda – a quiet, prosperous suburb of San Francisco.
Oshiana Thompkins, 19 and Omar Tay
Omar Taylor, 24, from Pittsburgh, was shot during a DJ party on October 31 in Orinda, California
No arrests were made and there was no direct word about a motive for the attack. According to the authorities, two guns have been found.
The house was rented on Airbnb by a woman who told the owner that her dozen relatives had asthma and had to escape from smoke from a natural fire, the person with knowledge of the transaction told The Associated Press.
The owner was suspected of a one-night rental on Halloween and before he agreed with the tenant that no parties were allowed, the person with knowledge of the transaction, who was not authorized to disclose the information, said only to condition of anonymity.
The owner, Michael Wang, said his wife had contacted the tenant on Thursday evening after neighbors contacted them about the party. The tenant said there were only a dozen people at home, but Wang said he could see more people on video from his doorbell camera.
Contra Costa County Sheriff Crime Lab investigator arrives at a scene of a shooting at a Halloween party in a short rental house in Orinda, California
A brochure for the house party advertises an & # 39; AIR BNB MANSION PARTY & # 39; and asks guests BYOB (bring your own drinks) and BYOW (bring your own weed)
& # 39; We have called the police. They were on their way there to stop them, but before we got there, the neighbor already sent us a message that there was a shooting, & he told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Airbnb has announced that it will verify all 7 million of its offers after the death of five people in a shooting in one of the rental properties on Halloween.
The company has vowed to investigate the accuracy of rental photos, addresses, list details, and quality standards, including cleanliness, safety, and facilities, after it was criticized for allowing rogue parties and scammers.
Airbnb co-founder and CEO of Brian Chesky has vowed to have 100% verified all rental properties on the site in just one year in a statement on their website.
The company also announced a 24-hour neighborhood helpline staffed by a & # 39; rapid response & # 39; team trained by the police to be available on call in the event of an incident.
And Airbnb has even taken steps to prevent unauthorized house parties, with staff planning to & # 39; risky reservations & # 39; screening, taking into account factors such as the length of stay and the size of the list.
The company said it is working with Ronald Davis, former chief of police in Eastern Palo Alto and executive director of community-based police forces for President Obama, and Charles Ramsey, a former chief of police in Washington DC and Philadelphia to provide training and protocols. for his rapid response hotline team.
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