Another lawsuit filed against Waffle House shooting suspect’s father

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Another lawsuit has been filed against the Waffle House shooting suspect’s father.  

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court by Akilah Dasilva’s brother.  

The lawsuit states Abede Dasilva was with his brother, Akilah, at the Waffle House the morning of the April 22 shooting.  

According to documents, Abede watched his brother get shot and die.  

Jeffrey Reinking, the suspect’s father, gave four guns back to his son that had been previously taken away due to his son’s mental instability.  

The lawsuit alleges Jeffrey Reinking is partially to blame for Akilah Dasilva’s death. Abede Davsila is suing for at least $20 million. 

Akilah’s mother also filed a lawsuit in Davidson County Court earlier this week against both Travis and Jeffrey Reinking. She wants Travis Reinking to testify in front of a jury. She’s suing for at least $100 million.  

The Dasilva family released a statement: 

The purpose of this lawsuit is to honor Akilah’s beloved memory, hold those responsible for his death fully accountable, and help ensure that nobody else’s family ever has to experience the sorrow and horror that we have. 

The family of another victim, Joe Perez, has also filed a lawsuit against Jeffrey Reinking. That lawsuit was filed last month.  

Jeffrey Reinking’s lawyer, Joel E. Brown, issued a statement regarding the lawsuit: 

A lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee by Attorney Daniel Horwitz against Jeffrey L. Reinking. The complaint and media comments offered by Mr. Horwitz contain numerous allegations that continue the unfortunate trend of factual inaccuracy and rush to judgment surrounding Jeffrey Reinking’s conduct. The complaint is filled with flawed legal argument, inappropriate hyperbole and shows what appears to be a greater desire for media coverage by a lawyer than finding the truth for a grieving family. 

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