Fund set up for families of 5 women slain in Florida bank

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SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — SunTrust has established a fund to offer financial support to the families of five women slain at a Florida bank branch.

In a statement Monday, SunTrust Chairman and CEO Bill Rogers said the outpouring of support for the victims’ families “has demonstrated the best of humanity in a time of tragedy.”

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The Sebring Strong Survivors Fund is a partnership between the SunTrust Foundation and the National Compassion Fund, a subsidiary of the National Center for Victims of Crime.

Zephen Xaver, identified as the SunTrust Bank shooter in Florida. (Photo: Highlands County Sheriff’s Office)

Four SunTrust employees and a customer were killed in the Sebring bank’s lobby Wednesday. Police have said 21-year-old Zephen Xaver shot the women in an apparently random act of violence.

Prosecutors could seek the death penalty for Xaver, who faces five counts of premeditated murder.