Family of ZombiCon shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit
FORT MYERS, Fla.- The family of a 20-year-old killed during a shooting at ZombiCon in downtown Fort Myers is suing event organizers.
Expavious Tyrell Taylor’s grandmother filed the $5 million wrongful death lawsuit against Pushing Daizies and Southwest Florida Security and Investigations.
The lawsuit claims security guards weren’t prepared to handle the 20,000 people who attended the event and failed to check for weapons.
Fort Myers police have yet to make an arrest in the shooting on Oct. 17 that killed Taylor and injured five others.
Taylor graduated from Clewiston High School just last year and had been on the football team at a junior college in Miami. His grandmother’s lawyer, Kip Sinclair, says the people responsible for Taylor’s death need to be held accountable.
“When you have an event with everybody in bloody costumes and masks and disguises, and poor security and alcohol and waving around fake weapons, you have to ask yourself, shouldn’t they have known something was going to go wrong there?” said Sinclair.
The lawyer also says he put the City of Fort Myers and the Fort Myers Police Department on notice Taylor’s family plans to sue them next, but they can’t do that for six months.