The family of a murdered college student has filed a negligent security lawsuit against a Savannah, Georgia apartment complex, alleging lax security measures at the property created a haven for criminal activity.
Rebecca Foley, 21, was shot inside her Volkswagen on Jan. 21, 2103, by Bloods gang members while trying to flee a robbery attempt in the parking lot of the Colonial Village at Marsh Cove apartments in south Savannah.
A protracted investigation and criminal prosecution resulted in the November conviction of two gang members, who were sentenced to life without parole, and cleared the way for a civil lawsuit against the apartment complex.
Ms. Foley’s parents, Jennifer and Eddie Foley, filed the lawsuit in Chatham County Superior Court. The complaint names as defendants Marsh Cove Apartments and its managers, the two gang members who were convicted, CLNL Acquisition Sub, Cornerstone Merger Sub, Colonial Properties Trust Inc., Colonial Realty, Mid-America Apartments Communities Inc., and several other individuals they claim played a role in the lax security at the apartment complex.
“Colonial Village knew that it had a major security problem, but its out-of-state owners did nothing to protect local residents,” a lawyer for the family told the press, according to the Savannah Morning News. “If Colonial Village had adequately lit its parking area and invested in a security gate, security guard, and security cameras, there is no doubt in my mind that Rebecca would be alive today.”
The negligent security lawsuit uncovered hundreds of 911 calls from the apartment complex in the three years prior to Ms. Foley’s tragic death.
According to the negligent security complaint, law enforcement responded to 574 emergency calls from the apartment complex in just those three years. But despite all the trouble, the apartment owners did nothing to address the rampant crime problem on their property.
The Foleys allege that the defendants “had actual or constructive knowledge of these prior criminal acts but failed to implement adequate security measures to keep the Colonial Village apartment complex safe and secure from foreseeable criminal activity,” the suit alleges, according to the Savannah Morning News. The family seeks $25 million in damages and additional sums.