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3 years after ASU student's death, million dollar lawsuit pending

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) –The family of a slain Arkansas State University student has filed a one milliondollar wrongful death lawsuit against the school.

The parents of MichaelGilmore filed the claim with the state Claims Commission in January that theschool was negligent in Gilmore's April 2010 murder.

The state ClaimsCommission ruled on June 13, 2013 that a part of the lawsuit should be thrown outthat focused on Gilmore's "survival" issue.

The entire lawsuit isstill pending according to Jerlene and Elijah Gilmore's attorney PhyllisGillespie.

Theclaim cites "great pain and suffering" on Michael Gilmore's parentsand siblings.

Gilmorecontends ASU had a duty to provide a safe environment and adequate security forstudents "especially when it was foreseeable that such criminal activitycould take place given the past incidences of violent crime."

Theclaim states ASU was negligent in failing to employ reasonable securitymeasures to protect Michael Gilmore, and as a result of the ASU's failures, Gilmoresuffered and died.

ASU administrators formed a safety task force and made numerous security improvements at residence halls, followingGilmore's murder.

Gilmore, 24, died atapproximately 1 a.m. April 17, 2010 at the Regional Medical Center of Memphisafter he was shot in the head the night before in his Collegiate ParkApartment.

The incident continuesto be under investigation, although there has been no person of interest namedin the case.

Anyone with anyinformation is encouraged to contact the University Police Department at (870)972-2093.

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