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Mother Sues Gas Station For Negligence After Daughter Was Killed

SOUTH BEND — The mother of a woman who was killed at a Phillips 66 near downtown South Bend in March is suing the owners of the gas station for negligence in her daughter’s death, claiming the store should have taken steps to protect customers from a foreseeable, violent incident.

The lawsuit argues that a high number of police calls to the property — over 60 in the last year — and a previous homicide at the site should have prompted store employees to intervene when a crowd gathered in the store’s parking lot in the early morning hours of March 14, shortly before De’Ashay Thompson, 24, was shot and killed.

The lawsuit, filed by Thompson’s mother, Christy Smith, earlier this month, alleges the gas station and convenience store — owned by Virk-Mart Inc. and leased to RK City Food Mart — was negligent by allowing the gathering on the site and not providing security to its customers.

Read the source article at southbendtribune.com

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