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Parents File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Lake Wales Woman’s Club

Posted on April 11, 2013

The parents of a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed at the Lake Wales Woman’s Club, is suing the club, the head of a recording company, and the security personnel for wrongful death, claiming the defendants did not do enough to prevent the tragedy.

The suit is seeking damages for funeral expenses, loss of their son’s support, and mental and emotional anguish.

The shooting took place at the club at 2:00 a.m. on April 17, 2011. A fight broke out between rival rap groups during a rapping contest at the club, and during the scuffle the victim was shot on stage.

Although police reports say that several witnesses identified the alleged shooter, during the criminal trial held last year, the suspect was found not guilty of second-degree murder or attempted murder.

The parent’s claim that the club should have known that an event sponsored by Uprising Records would likely turn violent and extra security should have been provided.  The lawsuit contends that additional security and off-duty police should have been present at the event and that the security that was there failed to diffuse the deadly altercation.

The parents also claim the club did not enforce a Lake Wales ordinance that requires minors to be sent home from clubs after midnight.

The wrongful death lawsuit is asking for damages exceeding $15,000.

If you believe you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party, you have a legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The Jacksonville wrongful death attorneys at Farah & Farah realize that no amount of compensation can bring a loved one back, but we support your right to seek justice for your family. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555 or online for a free, no-obligation consultation. We want to help your family.