Airbnb Will Cover Funeral Expenses For Shooting Victims In California

Orinda, California – Airbnb will cover the funeral expenses of the five victims of a shooting during a Halloween party at a residence in the San Francisco Bay area that was rented through their service.

Quoted by The San Francisco Chronicle, the company said it will also pay bills for therapies that are required by family members.

The company made the decision after a victim's lawyer, Jesse Danoff, criticized that, after the Halloween massacre, Airbnb "responded in public with common places, such as that he will keep them in mind in his thoughts and prayers."


Airbnb said in a statement that it allocated funds for funeral expenses and therapies for the families of the victims, and has already contacted Danoff.

The October 31 shooting caused about 100 attendees to flee for their lives at the house in Orinda, a quiet and wealthy suburb about 24 kilometers (15 miles) from San Francisco. So far there has been no arrest.

Authorities have reported that three people died at the scene and two in the hospital. Contra Costa police identified them as Tiyon Farley, 22; Omar Taylor, 24; Ramon Hill Jr., 23; Javin County, 29 and Oshiana Tompkins, 19.

On the day of the incident, Michael Wang, owner of the 372-square-meter (4000-square-foot) residence, said he had rented it to a woman through Airbnb for what she said would be a family reunion for a dozen people, from agreement with The San Francisco Chronicle.