On August 8, Orange County Sherriff's deputies made a second arrest in connection with a shooting outside of the Happy Place sports bar in Orlando last on July 9. 34-year-old Roman Marquez-Gonzalez of Orlando was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder. 20-year-old Bryan O'Neil Diodonet Cortes was also arrested and charged with second-degree murder four counts of attempted murder on July 20. The victims identified Cortes as the shooter.
According to an affidavit, an argument between two groups of people began in the bar and eventually moved into the parking lot. Marquez-Gonzalez and Cortes both allegedly opened fire on that group, killing 20-year-old Edgar Rivera and seriously injuring four others. Police were called to the scene at around 1:30 a.m. and found Rivera dead outside of the bar.
Here is attorney contributor Michael Haggard with some thoughts on the legal options available to violent crime victims:
Victims of violent crime often struggle with emotional and physical trauma that can last years, and in many cases, these injuries can be permanent. The police and criminal justice system fulfill the important process of arresting and prosecuting violent criminals, but this system often fails to attend to the needs of victims.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed during a violent crime, it's important to be aware of your legal options. Business operators, property owners, organizations, and other third parties can be held liable for damages if their negligence enabled a violent crime to occur - such as inadequate security measures. Victims may be able to recover financial compensation from these third parties for medical expenses, lost wages, counseling, pain and suffering, and other financial and emotional setbacks you may experience after surviving a violent crime.