When the death of an individual was due to the negligence of an individual or entity, is it legally deemed a “wrongful death.” In the event that a person suffers a wrongful death, their family members have the option to sue the person believed to be responsible for this traumatic event. A woman in Schaumburg, Illinois, is taking legal action against her sister's killer, the apartment complex where her sister lived and died, and the drywall company that rented the complex for the suspect and five of his transient co-workers.
Misty King recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her sister, Tiffany Thrasher, regarding the circumstances of her alleged wrongful death. She is seeking more than $50,000 in damages from the defendants listed in the suit. According to recent articles, Thrasher was found dead in her apartment located in the Lakes of Schaumburg apartment complex after friends and acquaintances noticed that she failed to attend Easter services at her church. After a thorough investigation, authorities concluded that she had been sexually assaulted and strangled by Bulmaro Mejia-Maya, a construction worker who had occupied an apartment a few units away. Investigators believe Mejia-Maya entered Thrasher's apartment through an unlocked window. Mejia-Maya has been arrested in prior instances for violent crimes; he is being held without bond until his trial ensues.
King's lawsuit argues that the apartment management company did not perform a background check on Mejia-Maya and his coworkers, which violates the city's ordinances. In addition to this violation, the complex also compromised city guidelines by leasing a two-bedroom apartment for the six drywall employees to live in. This living arrangement is a direct infringement to Schaumburg's zoning code. King's attorney, Craig Brown, released a statement regarding the entire ordeal.
The ordinance requires landlords to do certain things to protect tenants and prevent them from becoming victims of violent crimes ... It certainly did not occur in this case. Had they done a criminal background check they would have found out that the man who murdered and raped my client had a very significant history of violent offenses. If those simple steps would have been followed, you know, the tragedy wouldn't have happened. She would still be here.
Thrasher's sister recalled conversations with her revealing that she had moved to the Lakes because she did not feel safe at her apartment in Elk Grove Village. Thrasher had claimed that the Lakes' marketing methods emphasized tenant safety, and that was what drew her to that complex. Unfortunately, Thrasher only lived there for a month before she was murdered.
Home Properties, the apartment management company, commented on the fatal incident, claiming that it was “shocked and deeply saddened” when they heard the news of Thrasher's death. However, it has refused to comment on the suit filed by King.
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