PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh said Tuesday that it won't accept an estimated $225,000 bequest from the gunman who committed suicide after killing three women and wounding nine others at a Pittsburgh-area health club.
Court papers of the intended estate gift were filed Friday by the brother and executor for 48-year-old George Sodini. But University spokesman Robert Hill said Tuesday that the school decided to reject the offer.
Two women injured in the Aug. 4 shooting an L.A. Fitness club intend to sue Sodini's estate. Lisa Marie Fleeher and Ashley Ferragonio filed notices Tuesday in Allegheny County court.
Attorney Henry Sneath says both women have undergone surgery and are recovering, but face additional surgeries.
Sodini graduated from Pitt in 1992 with a degree in computer science. He had worked as a systems analyst at a Pittsburgh law firm since 1999.
A legal expert told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the bequest is likely moot, because Sodini's estate would probably be used to pay damages in any lawsuits.
According to the local paper, Sodini's last will and testament was dated Oct. 26. He did not mention why he wanted to leave his money to the university.
The violence earlier this month rocked the town of about 5,300 people just outside Pittsburgh.
The shooter killed himself after opening fire in an aerobics class.
He did not have a criminal record, and he legally bought the guns he used, police said.
Killed were Heidi Overmier, 46, of Carnegie, a sales manager at an amusement park; Jody Billingsley, 37, of Mount Lebanon, who worked for a medical-supply company; and Elizabeth Gannon, 49, of Pittsburgh, an X-ray technician at Allegheny General Hospital.
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