New motions filed in Waffle House mass shooting case


Documents filed Wednesday in Nashville Circuit Court say that Travis Reinking should be held liable in civil court for one of the Waffle House shooting victim’s murder.  

Reinking already faces criminal murder charges. The motion, filed Wednesday by attorney Daniel Horwitz, states Reinking should be held responsible for Akilah DaSilva’s murder in civil court.  

Twenty-three-year-old Akilah DaSilva was killed on the morning of April 22 while he and his brother were inside the Waffle House in Antioch. 

Horwitz filed the motion on behalf of DaSilva’s mother, Shaundelle Brooks. They believe Reinking is liable for battery, which led to DaSilva’s death.  

In the motion, Brooks asks for a jury trial to determine damages. 

Other motions were filed Monday by both Horwitz and attorneys for Travis and Jeffrey Reinking.  

Jeffrey Reinking, Travis’s father, asked that his son get a court-appointed guardian due to his mental health issues.  

Horwitz responded to the motion saying Reinking is now competent to move forward with the criminal proceedings after a stay in a state mental health facility. Therefore, he doesn’t need a guardian ad litem. 

During a hearing last month, a therapist testified that Reinking was not competent to move forward with the criminal proceedings but would be after he was treated with medication for schizophrenia.

On Tuesday, Reinking was deemed competent to move forward with the criminal proceedings.

According to another filing, police in Illinois told Jeffrey Reinking to keep his son’s guns away from him but he didn’t.

The filing cites two old police reports. One of those reports states that Jeffrey Reinking told police he had previously taken four guns from his son when he was struggling with mental health issues.

On another occasion, Reinking was instructed by police to keep the firearms away from his son. 

Reinking claims in a responding motion that he gave the guns back to his son because Travis Reinking’s Second Amendment rights had not been revoked, only his Illinois Firearms Owner Identification Card (FOID) had because he moved from Illinois to Tennessee.

Jeff Reinking also said in the filing that he did not give the guns back knowing his son’s mental health was deteriorating. 

A hearing on the motions will be held Friday at 9 a.m.

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