Did negligent security contribute to the loss of Margaret Danielle Blanding and Ezquiel Estrich and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?
Gunfire erupted at an Anderson, South Carolina apartment complex early Friday morning, May 3, 2019, tragically leaving a young man and woman dead. According to WYFF4.com, “[t]he shooting was reported Friday about 1:20 a.m. at the Fairview Gardens Apartments off Williamson Road in Anderson.” The news report identified the victims as “Margaret Danielle Blanding, 18, and Ezquiel Estrich, 23.” According to the report, “Blanding’s body was found outside the apartments and Estrich’s body was found inside an apartment.” WSPA.com is reporting, “the shooting [suspects] fled the scene and led officers on a high-speed chase into Hart County, Georgia…the chase ended when the suspect car started to spark. [The suspects] surrendered and were taken into custody by Anderson Police.”
WSPA.com reported on a shooting at this apartment complex in March 2019.
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 at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- How were the suspects able to gain access on to the property?
- How many prior incidents of violence have happened on the property and were any security improvements made after those incidents?
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Margaret Danielle Blanding and Ezquiel Estrich 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, the families of Margaret Danielle Blanding and Ezquiel Estrich 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 the families of Margaret Danielle Blanding and Ezquiel Estrich retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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