Relatives of a 20-year-old Tacoma, Wash., woman fatally shot by gang members in a case of mistaken identity are suing the state Corrections Department, saying it failed to supervise the felons charged in the case.
The News Tribune reported that William Love seeks unspecified damages for the estate of his daughter Camille Love, who died Feb. 7, 2010, when her car stopped for a traffic light. Police say the men targeted the car because it was red, a color associated with a rival gang.
Her brother, Joshua Love, was in the car and was wounded. He too is seeking damages in the Pierce County Superior Court suit.
The lawsuit contends the seven gang members charged were previously convicted felons under Corrections Department supervision. Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis declined comment.
A judge dismissed the city of Tacoma from the lawsuit last Friday.
The newspaper says three of the seven charged were convicted of first-degree murder. Two were convicted of leading organized crime. Two remain at large.
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