Lawsuit may be filed after murder of Savannah activist who wanted to end gun violence

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Attorneys representing the family of a well-known activist murdered six months ago say they’re serving notice that a lawsuit may be filed in connection with his death.

Shawntray Grant was killed in the parking lot of his apartment complex on June 15 of this year.  Grant had moved in several weeks before.

Monday, Savannah attorney Chad Mance told reporters that a potential suit would contend there not adequate security at The View at Oglethorpe which he says is in a high crime area.  A notice of a possible lawsuit has been filed with the city of Savannah, along with the Housing Authority, the LEDIC Management Group, Hitch Phase II. L.P. and No Punches Pulled Security (a private security firm.)

The notice states the View at Oglethorpe is a HUD apartment complex that is owned and operated by the City of Savannah Housing Authority and LEDIC Management Group.  Mance told reporters that despite the history of crime in the area that adequate security measures were not taken.

In the notice, attorneys claim that witnesses reported seeing several masked men at the scene at or near the time of Grant’s death.  The claimants also contend that these masked men slowly walked to their car and some were seen carrying guns but the men apparently had “no fear of security.”   The notice also contends there was a private security guard on or near the premises that night but that instead of guarding the parking lot that the guard was instead on site to guard building supplies there in regards to the development. The claim indicates if a suit is filed, the family may seek damages of $5,000,000.

Mance says they don’t have a lot of new information from police about the unsolved case and are urging anyone with information to please come forward to help solve the murder of Grant.

Mance said that Grant spent his time working to end gun violence.  “He was such a great light, he had great presence, he had great ambitions and he had turned his life around to try to end gun violence. And if we can join together as a community to fight and to prevent unnecessary violence then Shawntray will smile down on everybody and we can maybe save a life,” said Mance. 

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