Mothers Blame Apartment|for Fatal Shooting

     ATLANTA (CN) – A teen-age father of two was shot to death, allegedly at an Annual RIP Day for Fallen Soldiers, and the mothers of his children sued the apartment complex that hosted the party.
     Charline Williams, administrator of the estate of the late Katerius Moody, sued the owners and managers of the Hidden Cove Apartments complex, of East Point, in Fulton County Superior Court.
     The defendants are Jessup Street Partners, NDG Hidden Cover, CED Capital Holdings IV B and NuRock Management.
     Also suing are Naomi Eagle and Tacoya Griffieth, on their own behalves, and on behalf of the children they had with Moody, who was killed on June 26, 2010.
     Moody, 18, was “shot in the torso from a handgun” at about 9:30 p.m. at the party, which was attended by about 1,500 people, according to the complaint.
     The mothers claim the party was advertised as an “all day event” at Hidden Cover, and went on for 8 to 10 hours.
     They claim the apartment managers failed to warn Moody and others about the “propensity of violent and criminal activity to occur at the Hidden Cove Apartments.”
     Even before the party began, the defendants knew of about 300 criminal incidents and/or 911 calls to the East Point Police Department in the 2 previous years, according to the complaint.
     The calls included 12 for shots fired, two for rape, nine for aggravated assault, 10 for battery and an assortment of other criminal incidents, the complaint states. But the young mothers claim that no one invited to the party was warned about that, and that the defendants failed to provide “adequate security devices, including video surveillance cameras, gates, perimeter fences and or security staff on its premises, thereby creating an unreasonable risk of injury to Katerius D. Moody.”
     They seek damages for Moody’s wrongful death and pain and suffering.
     They are represented by Robert and Teresa Aitkens.

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