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Kenneth Feinberg, an attorney who managed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, speaks at a news conference in Boston on April 23, 2013, as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick listens at right. Feinberg will design and be administrator of a new fund to help people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Kenneth Feinberg, an attorney who managed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, speaks at a news conference in Boston on April 23, 2013, as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick listens at right. Feinberg will design and be administrator of a new fund to help people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing. (Elise Amendola/AP)

In the two weeks since the Boston Marathon bombings, the charity set up for the victims has raised more than $27 million.

Ken Feinberg, a Massachusetts native who handled victims' compensation after 9/11, the BP oil spill, the Virginia Tech mass shooting and the Aurora movie theater mass shooting, among other calamities, is now in charge of The One Fund Boston.

"Every time I’m asked to do one of these, I say to myself, 'God willing, it is the last one that I will do.'"

Ken Feinberg

"Every time I'm asked to do one of these, I say to myself, 'God willing, it is the last one that I will do.' I don't welcome this obligation, I don't look forward to it. But life has a way of throwing curve balls at people, and this is the result sometimes," Feinberg told Here & Now's Robin Young.

Next week, Feinberg will hold the first of two town hall meetings for victims' families. The bombings killed three people and hurt more than 260, including more than a dozen amputations.

The meetings will help determine how the One Fund money will be distributed, though Feinberg already has a rough idea of how that should be done.

"I would say that most of the funds that have been raised should go to the families of the dead - the four who died," he said, including in his count the MIT police officer allegedly slain by the bombing suspects. "And a similar amount should probably go to those horribly maimed and physically injured by the bombings - double amputees, paralysis, brain injuries."

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This segment aired on April 29, 2013.

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