Could the tragic loss of this Portage High School student have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Alayna Ortiz’s family?
Security measures are under scrutiny after a shooting at the “Park West Apartment complex” in Griffith claimed the life of 18-year-old Alayna Ortiz Wednesday night, January 9, 2019, according to NWI Times.
A family member told WGN, they believe Ms. Ortiz and her friends “were caught in the middle of gunfire” while dropping off a friend at the apartment complex. Ms. Ortiz, a Portage High School senior, was transported to Gary hospital, where she tragically succumbed to fatal injuries.
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 on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, visible surveillance cameras, bright lighting, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Ms. Ortiz 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 or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Alayna Ortiz’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for her wrongful death.
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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