Brother of shooting victim alleges woman died due to Fairfield Inn negligence

By Carrie Bradon | May 23, 2019

GALVESTON — The brother of a shooting victim is suing a Fairfield Inn hotel, alleging the wrongful death was due to negligence of the hotel.

Jessy Castelucci, on behalf Teresa Custer, deceased, and minors NDL and NDL and Ryan Wyatt, filed a complaint May 15 in Galveston County District Court against Heritage Inn Number XXVI. Opco LLC, doing business as Texas City Fairfield Inn & Suites, and TMI Property Management LLC and Aimbridge Hospitality LLC, alleging negligence, liability and wrongful death.

According to the complaint, Teresa Custer was shot Dec. 22, 2018, at the Fairfield Inn & Suites at 10700 Emmett F. Lowery Expressway, Texas City, as the hotel was being robbed. The suit says she died a day later due to her injuries. She is survived by three sons, two of whom are minors.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to implement proper security procedures and failed to provide secruity patrol services.

Castelucci seeks trial by jury, relief of more than $1 million, actual damages, lost wages, general and special damages and all other equitable relief. He is represented by attorneys Nuru Witherspoon and April L. Roberts of Witherspoon Law Group in Dallas.

Galveston County District Court case number 19-CV-0888

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