In deposition, Reinking’s dad admits giving son access to guns before move to Tenn.

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News 2 has obtained a transcript of a deposition between the attorneys for one of the Antioch Waffle House shooting victims and the accused gunman’s father.  

In the documents, Jeffrey Reinking is asked about guns that belonged to his son, Travis.  

According to the transcript, Jeffrey Reinking confirmed that in August 2017, police in Tazewell County, Illinois, advised him to keep the guns “away from Travis” after an incident allegedly involving his son and federal authorities.  

A few months later, in October or November, Jeffrey Reinking said he received a text from his son stating he had found an out-of-state apartment and wanted his guns back.  

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The documents indicate Jeffrey Reinking admitted to opening a safe and giving Travis access to the rifles. When asked if it was the same rifle used to kill victim Akilah DaSilva, the elder Reinking replied “yes.” 

Dasilva’s family has since filed a lawsuit against Jeffrey Reinking, claiming he gave the guns back to his son despite knowing Travis was mentally unstable.  

In a statement to News 2 Monday, the DaSilva family said, “… It is now clear that Jeffrey Reinking’s decision to provide his son the rifle that he used to murder Akilah DaSilva and three other innocent victims was not only grossly negligent—instead, the DaSilva family asserts that it was criminal under both Illinois law and federal law (18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(5)).  Accordingly, the DaSilva family requests that Tazewell County and federal law enforcement officials review Mr. Reinking’s December 4, 2018 deposition testimony and take appropriate action immediately.”

The deposition also provides new insight into the strained relationship between Travis Reinking and his parents.  

Travis Reinking remains jailed in Nashville. His criminal case has been handed over to a grand jury

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