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Widow of slain Brookhaven wedding guest sues venue

Christian Broder was shot outside the Capital City Club during an armed robbery. He died weeks later.

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — The widow of a man shot leaving a wedding party in Brookhaven is suing the venue for his eventual death.

In a suit filed against the Capital City Club, Molly Broder said the people running the venue were well aware of a crime problem when her husband Christian was shot in the stomach while waiting for a ride. He died weeks later from his injuries.

"Contrary to having 'quietly beautiful, elegant surroundings,' Capital City Club knew, or should have known prior to the events in this case, that there was a crime problem around the club and historic Brookhaven neighborhood," the lawsuit said.

It adds that Capital City Club received notice of crime in the area before the event.

Christian's shooting was the result of what police believe was an attempted robbery of him and others in his party who were also waiting for a ride on the morning of July 8, 2019.

"Christian Broder did nothing wrong and was a completely innocent victim in the robbery and shooting," the suit said.

His wife is now claiming in the lawsuit that Capital City Club breached its duty by not keeping the premise and approaches safe.

"Capital City Club negligently failed to provide proper security protection, security personnel, or an outside security presence on the property, and negligently failed to employ proper security protections available to it," the suit concludes.

Now, his widow is seeking damages, including those for personal and physical injuries, pain and suffering, emotional distress and mental anguish, medical expenses, lost wages and all incidental expenses along with all damages arising prior to Christian's death.

She is also seeking a trial by jury. Molly Broder is being represented by Attorney Michael Walker.

Christian, the father of a newborn child, was visiting from D.C. when the alleged shooter, later identified as 17-year-old Jayden Myrick, held him and others at gunpoint demanding their belongings.

Police believe Broder followed Myrick who then turned and shot him before the car he was riding in sped away.


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