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2011-06-01 / Front Page

Mom sues murderer, Croswell bar

The teenager who killed a Croswell woman and the bar that served him are being sued in Sanilac County Circuit Court.

Vicki Gonzalez of Croswell has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Trinidad Paredes Jr. and RAJ Holdings c/o Rita Schultz as resident agent of Thumbs Up Lounge of Croswell. Gonzalez, who is Jennifer’s mother, has requested a jury trial.

Schultz did not respond to a request for comment.

Paredes, 15, was sentenced from 31 years and three months to 50 years in prison last month. Paredes admitted to stabbing 24-year-old Jennifer Gonzalez last Aug. 15.

Gonzalez’s lawsuit claims “that the improper liquor service to Trinidad Paredes...resulted in defendant Paredes going to...decedent’s home where he attacked and killed...Jennifer Gonzalez”.

The lawsuit further maintains she has a dram shop claim against RAJ Holdings LLC, which does business as Thumbs Up Lounge. The lawsuit claims the bar “sold or furnished alcoholic beverages to defendant Trinidad Paredes in the evening hours of Aug. 5, 2010 when...employees knew or should have known that defendant Paredes was a minor. That sale or furnishing of alcohol beverages to...Paredes cause or contributed to the intoxication of defendant Paredes. That the furnishing of said alcohol beverages...caused or contributed and/or was a proximate cause of the brutal attack and resultant death of Jennifer Gonzalez”.

Gonzalez is presenting a claim for wrongful death damages for surviving kin including herself, and Jennifer’s father, brother, and two small children.

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