Judgment reached in Galveston store clerk wrongful death suit

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Sep 19, 2011

GALVESTON - A final judgment has been reached in a lawsuit arising from the death of a Galveston convenience store clerk.

The eight-page document submitted Aug. 22 before the Galveston County 10th District Court explains that a jury was waived and all parties involved in the litigation agreed to $120,000 being awarded to plaintiff Mosammet Shanina Razu, the widow of Abdul H. Heje.

Razu and the couple's son, Mohammed Meje, sued ABHI Enterprises Inc., doing business as Galveston Seawall Citgo, and Stripes LLC, the store's property owner, in December 2009 over inadequate security at the establishment where the decedent worked.

Abdul H. Meje, 40, died the morning of Jan. 31, 2008, after four armed men walked into the store and demanded money.

Court papers submitted at the time say one of the robbers shot the clerk in the chest behind the checkout counter.

According to the original petition, "The risk of a crime of violence occurring on the premises in question was reasonably foreseeable to the defendants, however, they failed to exercise ordinary care in providing for the safety of their tenants, employees, and invitees, in view of, and commensurate with, this risk."

The defendants each turned in their original answers after being served.

The judgment orders Mohammed Meje to be compensated an approximate total of $30,000 by 2025 while attorney Neil Baron of Dickinson, the child's guardian ad litem, is to receive $4,500.

Case No. 09-cv-2313

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