Could the tragic loss of this San Antonio father have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Xavier Avila’s family?
29-year-old Xavier Avila was shot and killed following an argument “outside of [a] Sports Bar in the 1300 block of Bandera Road” Monday morning, November 26, 2018, according to MySanAntonio News.
Family members told KSAT 12, Mr. Avila “was known for his sense of humor, burly stature and a booming personality.” Sadly, he leaves behind a 7-year-old daughter, “who they say was the love of his life.” While media reports indicate two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting, questions remain concerning security measures at the sports bar.
Our Legal Take
Bar and parking lot patrons 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 criminal activity on or near property?
- Were any efforts made by bar security or staff to safely and separately remove all those involved in the initial altercation from the premises?
- What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, monitored surveillance cameras, clear sight lines, and security patrols were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Avila 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 bar or parking lot owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Xavier Avilas’s family 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 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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