The father of one of the Texas school massacre victims has hired the same attorneys who successfully sued a gunmaker on behalf of those killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook horror.
The legal decision is believed to be the first for a relative of a victim in last month’s mass shooting.
Alfred Garza – a paramedic who arrived at the scene of the Uvalde massacre to try to help the victims, only to learn that his infant daughter, Amerie Jo Garza, was among those killed – hired lawyers from Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder.
The Connecticut firm had already successfully sued Remington, the company that made the gun used in the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting, securing a $73 million settlement for nine families of those victims.
“My purpose for being now is to honor the memory of Amerie Jo,” Garza said. “She wants me to do everything I can to make sure this never happens to another child again. I have to fight her.
The Uvalde school shooter used a rifle made by Daniel Defense. The weapon is known as the DDM4 rifle and is similar to those used by the military.
On Friday, Koskoff’s attorneys filed a motion seeking any communication between Daniel Defense and 18-year-old Uvalde shooter Salvador Ramos prior to his shooting, as well as marketing materials from the Georgia-based gunmaker, in particularly those targeting teenagers and children, the law firm said. Such a petition is a precursor to a lawsuit.
Daniel Defense wrote in an article on his website: “We are deeply saddened by the recent tragic events in Texas.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and community devastated by this evil act. We will cooperate with all federal, state and local law enforcement authorities in their investigations. »
Emilia Marin, a teacher who survived the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, also filed a motion seeking information from Daniel Defense, CNN said.