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Haitian Family May Sue In Wal-Mart Trampling Death

Carib World News, News Report, Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2008

QUEENS, NY: The family of a Haitian American, killed when shoppers stormed a Wal-Mart store in Nassau, Long Island Friday, may sue the company.

Danielle Damour, the sister of 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour, told reporters that the family is seeking legal advice and have hired a lawyer, a move that could pave the way for a lawsuit. Danielle also said the family are awaiting autopsy results and had not made funeral plans yet.

Damour was killed when bargain-hungry shoppers who had lined up at the Green Acres mall location rushed the doors before 5 a.m. and knocked him to the ground on Black Friday.

Some ran over him as they rushed to the shelves as he lay dying.Nassau County Police said it's too early to say if anyone would face criminal charges but they are looking through security footage. The Haitian American and alumnus of Freeport High School was working as a temporary maintenance worker at the Valley Stream outlet.

Meanwhile, a Queens` council member on Sunday called for new legislation to protect store workers and shoppers. Queens Councilman, James Gennaro, is pushing a `Doorbuster Bill,` which would require stores to put in place adequate security during huge sales.

Damour is survived by a brother and four sisters as well as a father in Rosedale and a mother in Haiti.

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