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Christina Grimmie's family files amended wrongful death suit

The death of up and coming pop star Christina Grimmie left her friends and family devastated. Her family has filed an amended complaint in a wrongful death lawsuit after a judge dismissed their original lawsuit and gave them 21 days to amend it.

The former "Voice" contestant was killed after a performance at the Plaza Live venue when she was shot by a disturbed fan. Her family then filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owner of the venue and her tour promoter, AEG Live, for negligent security. They allege that the defendants could foresee that concert-goers may bring in weapons to injure the performers. Since the attack, AEG Live and The Plaza Live now require the use of metal detectors, which the family believes could have prevented Grimmie's death if they had been in place sooner.

The family's amended complaint addresses the physical and mental difficulties the family has suffered since Grimmie's death. Grimmie's brother, who suffered a leg injury when he tackled the gunman, alleges that he suffers from permanent emotional distress, among other issues.

The family is seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, future earnings support and emotional damages, although a specific amount has not been determined at this time.

Wrongful death lawsuits like these may not alleviate any of the emotional pain a family feels after losing a loved one. However, the family may be awarded damages that can support them financially during this difficult time in their lives. With their newfound financial stability, families who have been awarded damages can focus on properly grieving their loss and moving forward.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Christina Grimmie's family files amended complaint in wrongful-death lawsuit," Christal Hayes, June 16, 2017

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