Updated By: Julie Montanaro
May 16, 2014
The City of Tallahassee has settled a lawsuit with the family of an innocent bystander shot and killed outside the Elks Lodge.
15-year-old Reshard Morrell was killed while leaving a party on April 22nd, 2011 as rival gang members squared off in the parking lot.
Court records show Morrell's family sued the Elks Lodge, Kappa Alpha Psi - which was hosting the party - and the City of Tallahassee which had off-duty officers working security there that night.
This week, city commissioners approved an 85-thousand dollar settlement with the family. The city attorney says a jury could have found the officers liable for failing to check the parking lot and perimeter before party-goers left.
Court records show the Elks Lodge and the fraternity have already settled with the family, but the details of those settlements are confidential.
Tallahassee, FL -- April 24, 2012 --
"It still just don't seem real."
Wanda Norton is visiting her son's grave for the first time since last July.
"Compared to last year, I've grown. I can do it now."
Norton went to the cemetary Tuesday afternoon - the one year anniversary of when her 15-year-old son Reshard Morrell was buried there.
Morrell was shot April 23, 2011 outside of the Elks Lodge in Tallahassee...
Police say shots were fired into a crowd of about 300 in the parking lot after a teen party.
Morrell was hit, and died the next day.
Norton vividly remembers the night of the shooting.
Norton says, "We were dancing. He had cleaned up the house. It never smelled so good after he cleaned up. He had the whole house clean. He was ready to go the the party, so excited. I can just remember the smile on his face. Never seen nothing like it."
Morrell's sister and other loved ones joined Norton to clean the grave and plant fresh flowers.
Reshard's sister Rickita Morrell says, "I think about him every day. So, when I get a chance, I come out here and visit him. Me and the baby just come out and talk sometimes. It's a lot of memories. That's why I think it's so hard."
Reshard's aunt Rhodesia Norton says, "The day they actually buried him, I came here, but, I couldn't come and watch them put him in the ground. It was hard. It's hard."
Darnell Eutsay was arrested for Morrell's murder. Morrell's mother says she is patiently waiting for his trial.