NC Family Suing Remington For Girl's Death

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  • Jasmine Thar. Courtesy Thar family via WECT.
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  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The family of a 16-year-old girl who died during Christmas break two years ago is suing Remington Arms Company, LLC for $150 million.

    According to WBTV, the lawyer representing Jasmine Thar's family filed the lawsuit Monday at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.

    WBTV says a Chadbourn man was cleaning his Remington Model 700 rifle inside his home when it misfired. That bullet hit Jasmine, her cousin and her aunt while they were leaving a relative's house across the street.

    Jasmine died from the gunshot wound.

    Investigators said they found no evidence that the neighbor shot Jasmine willfully or intentionally. They said the bullet went through a window and the blinds were closed. 

    Officials did not file any charges.

    "It misfires. It malfunctions. It's very sensitive. They won't address those issues." Willie Gary, the lawyer representing the Thar family, told WBTV. "We are going to bring about change. We are going to make a difference. We are going to help save lives. We are going to be a voice for many of those who were wounded by this rifle."

    Gary says Remington should stop making the weapon. 

    Bernie Coaxum, Jasmine's grandfather, told WBTV, "If you met Jasmine, you knew she was a positive influence and always wanted to be a friend to everybody, and an encourager. A tremendous young lady whose life was cut short - much too soon."

    Gary said his door is always open to reach a settlement.

    WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford reached out to Remington for comment. They have not responded.

    WFMY News 2, WBTV

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