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1st Lawsuit Filed by Parkland School Shooting Victim

The first lawsuit has been filed by a victim of the Parkland shooting, just over two months after a former student opened fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 students and staff.Freshman Anthony Borges became a hero in the eyes of many when he was shot five times while protecting other students during the Feb. 14 mass shooting. His family attorney has filed a civil suit against Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspected shooter. Parkland Alumni, Survivors Advocate for Safer Gun Laws Also named in the case filed by Alex Arreaza are the estate of Cruz’s late mother, a family that allowed Cruz to stay with them after her death until the day of the shooting and three mental health facilities where Cruz was treated.Cruz is charged with assault and battery in the suit, while the other parties are charged with negligence in the case. Officials Recommended Committing Fla. Shooting Suspect in 2016 Cruz appeared in court last week, where his public defense team argued he did not have the funds to hire a private lawyer and should continue to be defended by the county team.Attorneys for Borges had made comments in the past detailing an intent to sue Broward County Schools and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. State law requires a six month notice be made before a lawsuit can official be filed against an agency, while individuals and organizations can be served at any time. Survivors of School Shooting Take Gun Control Message Abroad Photo Credit: Getty Images
Source: NBC San Diego

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