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Lawrence King's
Family Files Wrongful Death Suit

Lawrence King's
Family Files Wrongful Death Suit

The family of Lawrence King, the gay teenager who was shot dead last February in his school classroom in Ventura County, Calif., has filed a wrongful death suit that names some two dozen defendants, including the school's principal and a local gay rights organization.

The family of Lawrence King, the gay teenager who was shot dead last February in his school classroom in Ventura County, Calif., has filed a wrongful death suit that names some two dozen defendants, including the school's principal and a local gay rights organization. King's parents and brother also named the young man charged with the murder, Brandon McInerney, and his family in the suit, the Associated Press reports.

According to the suit, the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance, where King participated in events for LGBT youths, emboldened the boy to make sexual advances on McInerney, the AP reports. King reportedly told McInerney he loved him in the days before the killing occurred.

But the executive director of the Rainbow Alliance denied the charge. "No facilitator or mental health therapist would say anything even remotely like that," Jay Smith told the AP. "This whole thing is just frivolous."

The suit also accuses the shelter where King was staying at the time of his death, Casa Pacifica, for failing to protect him. Other defendants include King's teacher, various counselors, and a county social worker. (Advocate.com)

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