Preventable Tragedy? Troy Wells, 14, Killed in Holland Hotel Shooting.

Troy Wells, 14, Killed in Hampton Inn Hotel Shooting.

Troy Wells, 14, Tragically Killed in Holland Hotel Shooting. (

Did negligent security contribute to this tragic motel shooting and are justice and compensation available to Troy Wells’ family?


A 14-year-old boy was fatally shot at a Holland, Michigan hotel early Saturday morning, February 16, 2019.

According to, “[a] 14-year-old was shot and killed in the early hours of Saturday morning at [a hotel]…on Felch Street in Holland.” The news outlet further states “Troy ‘TJ’ Wells Jr. was was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds [and]…[h]e was brought to Holland Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.” is reporting ” two groups of people rented rooms inside the hotel for a party [and that]…[a] number of minors attended that party.”  There was apparenlty an altercation between these two groups “that led to the shooting in a hallway inside the building,” according to the report.


Hotel and motel 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 hotel and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
  • How were the guests able to secure a room at the hotel?
  • Was the hotel aware of any improper underage activity before the incident occurred?
  • What security measures, such as guarded-entry, monitored surveillance cameras, bright lighting, and visible security patrols were in place to deter crime and protect young Troy Wells 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 hotel owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Troy Wells’ 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 Mr. Wells’ 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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