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San Bernardino Terror Inspires $200M Claim

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (CN) - Relatives of a woman killed during the Dec. 2 mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino are seeking $200 million in damages from the county.

On Thursday, two family members related to environmental health specialist Sierra Clayborn of Moreno Valley filed the wrongful death complaint at the county's Risk Management Division.

Clayborn, 27, was one of the fourteen people slain by Sayed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik in a massacre that authorities believe was inspired by Islamic extremists.

After leaving the scene of the attack, Farook, a U.S. citizen and Malik, a Pakistani national, were killed in a gun fight with police.

Clayborn's relatives Tamisha and Kimberly Clayborn allege negligence, vicarious liability, wrongful death, respondeat superior and the fostering of a hostile work environment.

"Sierra Clayborn was killed in the line of duty while serving the county of San Bernardino," the filing states, naming Farook as the public employee who caused the injury.

County spokesman David Wert said the claim was filed with the Risk Management division late Thursday afternoon.

"The county will carefully consider each claim and act in the best interests of everyone involved," Wert said.

Attorney Theida Salazar filed the claim and did not immediately respond to an emailed request for more information.

In December, the widow of county worker Michael Wetzel file made a $58 million wrongful death claim against the county.

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