Justice for Family? Rubin Lee Washington, 8th grade student, Killed in Dallas Apartment Complex Shooting.

Rubin Lee Washington, 8th grade student, Killed in Dallas Apartment Complex Shooting

Rubin Lee Washington, 8th grade student, Killed in Oak Cliff Apartment Complex Shooting. (NBCdfw.com)

Did negligent security contribute to the loss of Rubin Lee Washington and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?


Gunfire erupted at a Dallas, Texas apartment complex Wednesday afternoon, April 10, 2019, tragically leaving a young teen boy dead. According to NBCdfw.com, “Rubin Lee Washington was shot just before 1 p.m. along the 3800 block of South Tyler Street. After officers arrived at the location, Washington was transported to Methodist Central Hospital by Dallas Fire-Rescue where he was pronounced deceased.”  DallasNews.com is reporting that Rubin Lee Washington’s mother “last saw Rubin, who was sent home early from school, as she left their apartment just before the shooting.  She then got a call notifying her that he had been shot in the breezeway near their front door.”  Rubin Washington “was an 8th grade student at W.H. Atwell Law Academy” according to NBCdfw.com.

Media reports indicate that several witnesses were present when Washington was shot and Dallas police are actively investigating the case.


Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.

  • How were the suspects able to gain access on to the property?
  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property?
  • What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Washington at the time of the shooting?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Mr. Washington’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss. 

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that Mr. Washington’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.


The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence.  We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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