Adequate Security? Our Legal Take: 1 Killed in Apartment Home Invasion-Robbery, Charlottesville

900 Block S First Street, Charlottesville (Google Maps)

900 Block S First Street, Charlottesville (Google Maps)

Adequate Security? Our Legal Take: 1 Killed in Apartment Home Invasion-Robbery, Charlottesville

Local News

A 31-year-old man was reportedly shot and killed during an apartment home invasion robbery Saturday night, November 21, 2015.

According to The Daily Progress, multiple suspects forced their way into a South First Street apartment home, shortly before 10:00pm, and demanded money. Charlottesville Police told media, “a struggle ensued briefly and it was at that time that [the victim] was shot.”

Police have not yet identified the suspects, leaving local residents concerned for their safety.

Our Legal Take

Residents and guests of apartments have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to residents and guests of the apartment complex, and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • November 2015 Crime Map (

    November 2015 Crime Map (

    How did the assailants gain entry to the property? What security measures and access-controls, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting?

  • Recent crime reports reveal a staggering number of assaults and burglaries in the local area. Were any additional security precautions implemented by the apartment complex owner and management company, following prior criminal activity, to deter such violence?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of the young victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.

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.  Based upon its prior experience in handling apartment security negligence claims, 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.

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