Did negligent security contribute to the death of this Houston father?
Gunfire erupted outside the Olympia Flats apartment complex Wednesday morning, March 7, 2018, tragically claiming the life of 44-year-old father-of-two Goddy Chika.
According to KPRC 2, the shooting occurred “just before 3:30 a.m. at the Olympia Flats Apartments on Hayes Road.” Mr. Chika was apparently discovered with fatal gunshot wounds outside of his taxi. Police told media the motive “could be robbery based on the circumstances of the crime scene.” They have not yet identified a suspect.
Sadly, Mr. Chika leaves behind two sons, per FOX 26 reports.
Did negligent security contribute to this senseless Houston apartment shooting? We represent individuals and families who have suffered a tragic loss or injury as a consequence of negligent property security. Read Our Legal Take below to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Texas, or call now for a free consultation with our legal team: 888.842.1616.
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.
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect residents and guests 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 or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Goddy Chika may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death. Additionally, as Mr. Chika was apparently working at the time of his death, his family is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits.
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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