Gym Mat Death Heads to Court as Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2015 – In 2013, a Valdosta, Ga. teen died by asphyxiation, found upside down in a rolled up gym mat where he was supposedly trying to get a shoe that had fallen into the mat. His parents suggested the 17-year-old was murdered.

The statement of claim suggests there was a conspiracy to cover up their son’s death involving many high-ranking authorities, including the local school superintendent, the chief of police, numerous deputies and sheriff’s investigators, the state medical examiner responsible for the autopsy and several Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials, including the director.

The plaintiff’s attorney states that two brothers attacked the victim, wanting to settle a score with him after getting mixed up in a fight, and that a parent egged the two on to commit the crime. While local law enforcement did confirm the victim had been in a brawl with one brother about a year prior to his death, investigating officers proved that neither of the two accused were in the gym at the same time the deceased was. One was traveling with a sports team and the other in a different part of the school.

“The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of the victim, names 38 defendants. The list includes three classmates and one parent. His parents allege that rather than a freak accident killing their son, that he was killed. The sheriff’s office did not charge anyone with a crime in the case,” explained Litigation Funding Corporation representative, Daren Monroe. The lawsuit seeks $100 million in damages.

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