AUGUSTA, Maine — The parents of a Maine man killed on Christmas 2015 have dropped their appeal to have the state’s Victims’ Compensation Fund pay for funeral costs.

The Kennebec Journal reports ( ) Jeffrey and Susan Williams agreed to dismiss their appeal on Friday. The couple’s son, 35-year-old Eric Williams, was killed in a shooting.

The Victims’ Compensation Program denied the Williamses’ request, citing a law that prevents compensation for people who committed criminal conduct that contributed or caused their death. Authorities say Eric Williams committed a burglary hours before the fatal shooting. Investigators say the motivation for the fatal shooting was revenge for the burglary.

The Williamses did not return a phone message left Wednesday seeking comment on the dismissal.

Information from: Kennebec Journal,

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