Navy Yard Victim Families Sue, Say Shooting Deaths “Entirely Preventable”


Two years after the fatal shootings at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard, families whose loved ones died are filing multimillion dollar lawsuits against companies they say could have prevented it from happening, the Associated Press reports. Yesterday was the second anniversary of the shooting, in which military contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 people before being fatally shot by law enforcement. It also was a deadline for filing wrongful death claims, and several families have filed lawsuits in the days ahead of the deadline. The lawsuits allege that companies overseeing Alexis’ work knew or should have known about violent outbursts in his past. The lawsuits say that the companies were aware of troubling behavior, including that he heard voices, believed he had a chip implanted in his head, and thought people were following him and trying to keep him awake by using a machine to send vibrations into his body.

The lawsuits say the companies failed to warn the Navy that Alexis was a security risk and allowed him to retain clearance to access to the Navy Yard. Three lawsuits were filed in federal court on the last week by the families of Sylvia Frasier, Kenneth Proctor and Arthur Lee Daniels Sr., all of whom died in the shooting. The Frasier family’s lawsuit asks for at least $25 million. The Proctor family’s lawsuit asks for at least $20 million. The Daniels family’s lawsuit seeks $10 million. “Tragically, Alexis’s shooting rampage was entirely preventable,” wrote lawyers for the Daniels family. Another three lawsuits, each for $10 million, were filed in D.C. Superior Court for the families of John Roger Johnson, Frank Kohler and Richard Ridgell. The lawsuits name as defendants Texas-based HP Enterprise Services LLC, a Department of Defense contractor, as well as its Florida-based subcontractor, The Experts Inc., the IT consulting firm for which Alexis worked. Two of the lawsuits also name the company that provided security at the Navy Yard building.

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