Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Shooting at Zombicon Event | Law Firm Newswire

Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Shooting at Zombicon Event

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2015 - A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the organizer and security firm of Zombicon, a zombie-themed Florida festival, over the shooting death of an attendee.

Expavious Taylor, 20, was shot and killed Oct. 17 at Zombicon, which took place outdoors in downtown Fort Myers, Florida. A $5 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Estella Wilson, Taylor's maternal grandmother, claiming that negligence on the part of the event's organizer and security firm caused Taylor's death.

“When a loved one is lost due to another party's negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit can be an appropriate way for the family to respond,” said Robert Joyce, a wrongful death attorney with the Tampa firm of Joyce & Reyes, who is not involved in the case.

The lawsuit seeks $5 million in damages, attorney's fees and costs. The defendants are the security firm Southwest Florida Security & Investigations and the event organizer Pushing Daizies. The plaintiff also filed a request with a judge for the ability to sue the Fort Myers Police Department and the City of Fort Myers.

According to the lawsuit, Southwest Florida Security and Pushing Daizies were negligent in failing to provide adequate security staff, crowd control and weapons checks. The lawsuit claims that the event took place in a high crime area where numerous criminal acts had taken place in the past and where it was reasonably likely that additional criminal acts would occur. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that many festival participants carried toy weapons as part of their zombie costumes, and the organizers and security staff did not take adequate measures to ensure that the weapons were not real.

Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A.
307 S Hyde Park Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Call: 813.251.2007


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