After the tragic loss of Christina Grimmie back in June this year, her family have now filed a wrongful death lawsuit and are suing the venue her meet and greet was being held in. The touring company, AEG Live, are being sued for the negligent infliction of emotional stress following on from the murder of their daughter after only “superficial bag checks” were undertaken on the night of her attack.
According to Billboard, the event’s security company was named in the lawsuit after it was noted that they “failed to take adequate security measures to ensure the safety of the performers and the attendees at the concert venue”. In addition to this, Christina’s family note that the general manager of The Plaza Live theater was fired nine days before the attack, and their replacement had had “only a week’s experience working there”.
The meet and greet, where Christina was fatally shot and her brother was injured in trying to restrain the gunman, happened in a wide open space after the singer opened a gig for Before You Exit. The killer, who was later identified as Kevin James from Florida was able to walk into the arena carrying two handguns, two magazines of bullets and a hunting knife – something the lawsuit claims could have been detected with a body pat-down or a metal detector.
In addition to suing the company for emotional trauma, Christina’s family are requesting to be compensated the “projected income after tax” that their 22-year-old daughter would have earned had she live a full life. The request also includes compensation for medical and funeral expenses, plus damages for emotional suffering following their daughter’s murder.