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Decatur, IL – January 4, 2019

Did negligent security contribute to the tragic loss of this young man and are justice and compensation available to Curtis Hairston’s family?


Community leaders are calling for peace after 18-year-old Curtis Hairston was tragically killed inside a Decatur restaurant Friday evening, January 4, 2019.

According to the Herald & Review, gunfire erupted inside “Long John Silver’s, 701 W. Eldorado St.,” shortly before 6 p.m. Mr. Hairston was transported to the hospital, where he succumbed to fatal injuries. A second victim was “airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital” with “life-threatening” injuries.

Police have not yet announced a suspect or motive, per WCIA 3 reports.


Restaurant patrons 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.

  • What security measures, such as weapons screenings, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security personnel, were in place to protect Mr. Hairston?

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 restaurant owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss. Additionally, the surviving victim may pursue legal claims for injuries.

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.


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 out 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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