38-year-old Kendrick Miller was reportedly shot and killed at the America’s Best Value Inn in Albany Thursday evening, April 16, 2015.
According to WALB News, Mr. Miller was shot at the America’s Best Value Inn on North Slappey Boulevard shortly after 8:00pm. Emergency crews reportedly transported Mr. Miller to the hospital, where he later succumbed to injuries.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting, leaving residents in the area once again concerned for their safety. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Albany city officials are working on ways to cut crime in this neighborhood, per media reports. Police apparently told media they frequently respond to motel crime in the 2500-2700 block of Slappey Boulevard.
Our Legal Take
The Murray Law Firm is following the investigation closely and agrees with the sentiment held by the Albany community. The violence must stop! Another motel crime in this community raises grave questions over resident and guest safety and a potential pattern of security negligence.
What additional security precautions were taken by the owner and management of America’s Best Value Inn, following previous local motel crime, to protect guests and deter crime? How did these safety measures fail?
By law, motel owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the America’s Best Value Inn owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the family of Kendrick Miller may elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death. Under such a claim, the Miller family may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, substantial monetary compensation for: pain and suffering; loss of wages and future earning capacity; and, emotional distress. If the facts of this matter warrant such a negligent security claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the victim’s family, but would also demand that America’s Best Value Inn re-evaluate security measures. It would also serve as a grave warning to other Albany motel owners to make resident safety their first priority.
Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims in the Albany area, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the Miller family before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken lighting, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to ensure that the family’s interests are protected.
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The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing victims of security negligence in Albany, and we offer our legal assistance to the victim in this potential claim, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 229.389.4900. Consultations are free and confidential.
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