The brother of one of the victims of the Tennessee Waffle House shooting last month is suing a Morton man in Tazewell County Court for negligence after his son was charged in connection with the shooting.
Christian Perez of Nashville is suing Jeffrey Reinking, the father of Travis Reinking, after the elder Reinking allegedly gave his son his firearms back after the Illinois State Police revoked Travis Reinking's Firearm Owners Identification Card. Reinking's FOID card was revoked after he jumped the White House fence, ostensibly to talk to the president.
The younger Reinking later moved to the Nashville area, where he is accused of opening fire at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tenn. Four people were killed in the shooting, including Joe Perez, Jr., the brother of Christian Perez.
Perez argues Jeffrey Reinking knew not to give the guns back to his son, but did so anyway. One of the guns was the AR-15 allegedly used in the Waffle House shooting. Perez argues this was negligent entrustment.
Perez has retained both a Bloomington attorney and a Nashville attorney. Perez's Nashville attorney John Day made a brief statement on behalf of the family.
"The family of Joey Perez wants to understand the events giving rise to this senseless tragedy. Part of that inquiry requires learning how - and why - Travis Reinking came to possess the AR-15 assault rifle used to take four innocent lives and injure others. This lawsuit will provide answers to those questions," said Day.
Attorney Joel Brown said the Reinking family is declining to comment at this time.
"The Reinking family has learned that a lawsuit for money damages has been filed by the family of Joe Perez, Jr., who tragically lost his life in the Waffle House shooting in Tennessee. Numerous members of the press have requested comment on the newly filed suit. We respectfully decline to comment at this time," said Brown.
Perez is asking for a jury trial and $50,000 in damages in connection with the case. The case is set for a management conference in Tazewell County on October 18.