Did negligent security contribute to this shooting death at a College Park apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to Zerrick Cokley’s family?
COLLEGE PARK NEWS
Gunfire erupted at a College Park, Georgia apartment complex Thursday evening, March 21, 2019, leaving one young man dead. According to Fox5Atlanta.com, “it happened Thursday around 9 p.m. at the South Hampton [Estates] Apartment Complex located at 3100 Godby Road in College Park.” According to the news story, “[d]etectives said someone shot and killed the 23-year-old late Thursday at the South Hampton Estates apartments and then took off in a black sedan…[o]fficers don’t know what led to the shooting.” In an interview with Fox 5, Selena Cokley, Zerrick Cokley’s mom said she had a bad feeling when her son did not answer her call Thursday night. No suspect is in custody at this time according to the media outlet.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Apartment residents and 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 apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property?
- Were new security measures initiated after any prior incidents?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Cokley 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 apartment complex owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Zerrick Cokley’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 Mr. Cokley’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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