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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The family of a murder victim has filed a civil lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois that claims the property owner and the former employer of a suspect in the death of a Chicago-area woman are partially at fault due to a background check on the suspect that lawyers say was never completed, according to a news report from NBC 5 in Chicago, IL.

NBC 5 Chicago reports that police say Tiffany Thrasher, 33, was murdered in her apartment in Schaumburg, Illinois by a neighbor, Bulmaro Mejia Maya, who worked for a Florida-based drywall company. Thrasher’s family filed a civil lawsuit against the employer and apartment property owner claiming a background check was never done on the suspect.

“If the background check would have been done, it’s hard to believe they would have allowed this individual to reside at that complex,” Craig Brown, an attorney representing the Thrasher family, told NBC 5 Chicago. He also said the property owners did not follow crime-free program guidelines put in place to protect residents in Schaumburg.

NBC 5 Chicago reports that the family hopes the civil lawsuit over the lack of a background check will “prevent a horrible crime from happening again.” The complete news report from NBC 5 in Chicago is at:

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the property management company, Home Properties, rented an apartment to Estrellas Drywall to house workers who did not undergo a background check like other residents of the complex. The lawsuit claims Mejia Maya, currently being held without bond at the Cook County Jail, had a violent criminal history.

The Sun-Times reports that Thrasher’s sister, Misty King, filed the lawsuit against Bulmaro Mejia Maya, Home Properties Schaumburg, LLC, and Estrellas Drywall Inc. in Cook County Circuit Court. The complete Chicago Sun-Times story is at:

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