Sufficient Security? Our Legal Take: 1 Killed in Courtyard Circle Apartment Stabbing
A 52-year-old Arcata resident was reportedly killed during a stabbing outside a Courtyard Circle apartment Sunday evening, October 25, 2015.
According to The Lost Coast Outpost, police responded to a stabbing outside the Courtyard Circle apartment, around 6:30pm. They apparently discovered the victim suffering from multiple stab wounds on an apartment complex walkway. Police have apparenlty made an arrest in the case, and news reports suggest that the “initial investigation shows no connection between [the victim and the suspect].”
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions whether this tragedy may have been prevented and the level of security provided to those on the premises of the Courtyard Circle apartment complex.
- How did the assailant gain entry to the property? What access-controls and security measures, such as gated entry, fencing, security patrols, bright lighting, and surveillance cameras, were in place to deter crime and protect residents at the time of the stabbing?
Generally, apartment 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 apartment complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of the 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 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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