The families of two people killed and two people injured in the July shooting in the Brooklyn Homes community are planning to sue the city and state over the incident.

Attorneys at Murphy, Falcon and Murphy Law Firm said Wednesday they’ll file a lawsuit. Attorney Billy Murphy, who is representing the families, said during a press conference that the only way to get the attention of officials is to sue the city of Baltimore and state.

Murphy first cited the Baltimore Police department’s 173-page Agency After Action report from saying “this was preventable” because of their own unpreparedness. “This should not have happened. ... The police fell down on the job. There’s no question that they should’ve had a huge police presence there,” he said.

Aaliyah Gonzalez, 18, and Kylis Fagbemi, 20, were fatally shot on the night of July 2 after a daylong celebration in the city’s Brooklyn community. Kavon Lewis, and Takiea L. Hinton, who were also shot, will also be represented.

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We Our Us, group greets each other before walking to the Brooklyn Homes apartments, Monday, July 3, 2023. (Jessica Gallagher/The Baltimore Banner)

Claims for negligence alleging a public safety presence against the State of Maryland, the Baltimore City Police Department, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and others, are expected to be filed.

Gonzalez and Fagbemi are seeking $50 million in damages, and Lewis and Hinton about $25 million .

“The only thing that stops these things from happening unfortunately is to hit him in the pocketbook. … All kinds of high-minded statements usually don’t move the needle, especially in Baltimore. And so, we’ve got to,” Murphy said. “The police fell down on the job.”

Police have said they believe 10 or more people opened fire at the block party that night.

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This story will be updated.

Penelope Blackwell is a Breaking News reporter with The Banner. Previously, she covered local government in Durham, NC, for The News & Observer. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Morgan State University and her master’s in journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

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