46-year-old Eric Alexander Reese was fatally shot outside the Park Place Apartments in Statesboro Friday night, August 15, 2014.
According to the Statesboro Herald, police were called to the Park Place apartments following the fatal shooting of Eric Reese, which occurred around 8:30pm Friday evening. Seven teenagers, ages 16-17-years-old, have been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. Charges include murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. However, few other details have been released.
The Reese family is now speaking out, in search of answers and justice. They believe Mr. Reese was an innocent bystander, caught in the cross fire between feuding teenagers. Tragically, Mr. Reese suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest and perished outside his Park Place apartment home.
Family members are now celebrating his life as they mourn his passing.
Nephew Courtney Reese describes his uncle as a “hard working family man” and father of four. “He was very kind and got along with everybody. He was the brightest spot in the family.”
Our Legal Take
The Murray Law Firm is following the shooting closely and questions whether a fatal apartment complex security lapse may have contributed to this tragedy.
How did the gunman and feuding crowd gain access to the property? What access-controls, such as a security gate, ID card entry system and security patrol, were in place and working at the time of the shooting?
Where was apartment security and management at the time the dispute first began? What attempts were made to deescalate the situation prior to the shooting? Were police called to the scene at the start of the dispute?
Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, what security measures were implemented to deter future crime on property?
Should the owner and management of Park Place Apartments have failed in their duty to protect Mr. Reese, his family may elect to hold them civilly liable in his wrongful death. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, will demand Park Place and other local apartment complexes finally make resident safety their first priority.
Photographs and a thorough inspection will need to be performed immediately before any evidence, such as surveillance footage, may be damaged or destroyed. The Reese family should retain an experienced premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected.
The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims and families devastated by apartment violence and property negligence. We offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 912.385.9690.