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

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

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

The entire lawsuit is still pending according to Jerlene and Elijah Gilmore's attorney Phyllis Gillespie.

The claim cites "great pain and suffering" on Michael Gilmore's parents and siblings.

Gilmore contends ASU had a duty to provide a safe environment and adequate security for students "especially when it was foreseeable that such criminal activity could take place given the past incidences of violent crime."

The claim states ASU was negligent in failing to employ reasonable security measures to protect Michael Gilmore, and as a result of the ASU's failures, Gilmore suffered and died.

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

Gilmore, 24, died at approximately 1 a.m. April 17, 2010 at the Regional Medical Center of Memphis after he was shot in the head the night before in his Collegiate Park Apartment.

The incident continues to be under investigation, although there has been no person of interest named in the case.

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

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