Preventable Tragedy? George Franklin Burnett Stabbed to Death in Raleigh, NC Nightclub Parking Lot.

George Franklin Burnett Stabbed to Death in Raleigh, NC Nightclub Parking Lot.

George Franklin Burnett Stabbed to Death in Raleigh, NC Nightclub Parking Lot. (

Could this nightclub parking lot stabbing have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?  Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.

Local News

An altercation in a parking lot of a Raleigh, North Carolina nightclub early Sunday morning, December 8, 2019, left one man dead.

As reported by, “[the incident] happened just before 2 a.m. in the parking lot of [a] Club…in the 300 block of Rush Street.”

When officers arrived they found a man with injuries in the parking lot. The victim, tragically, did not survive his injuries according to the report. is reporting, “George Franklin Burnett, 33, was stabbed to death in the parking lot…at 308 Rush St., in the early hours of Dec. 8.”

According to the report, “[a suspect] assaulted Burnett and other patrons inside the club, and then everyone was kicked out…[b]ut the altercation continued in the parking lot, where [the suspect] pulled out a hunting knife and stabbed four people, including Burnett.”

The suspect has been arrested and charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the case.

Our Legal Take


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Nightclub parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided in the parking lot is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this stabbing may have been prevented.  The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:

  • Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property? 
  • What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?

Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises.  Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the parking lot owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, George Franklin Burnett’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed.  The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that George Franklin Burnett’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.


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