Could the senseless loss of this Indianapolis boy have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Juwan-Howard Smith’s family?
Security measures are in question after 16-year-old Juwan-Howard Smith was shot and killed “at the Lakeside Pointe at Nora Apartments near 91st Street and College Avenue” Monday night, October 8, 2018, according to The Indy Channel.
The young victim’s family told WTHR he “was a Southport High School student on fall break.” He will be remembered as “a good student and athlete, [and] a protective brother of his three siblings.”
Our Legal Take
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 on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, bright lighting, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Juwan-Howard Smith 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 property owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Juwan-Howard Smith’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death.
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 the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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