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The insurance company being sued by Trayvon Martin’s mother is asking a federal court to declare it isn’t responsible for the teen’s death.Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, filed a claim for monetary damages against an insurance company for the Retreat at Twin Lakes’ homeowners association after her son died, The Orlando Sentinel reported Monday.
travellers Casualty and Surety Company of America issued an insurance policy to the homeowners association about a month after the 17-year-old was fatally shot.
Martin was shot while staying at Retreat at Twin Lakes with his father’s girlfriend.
In its court filings, travellers wrote it “is in doubt of its rights,” under the policy and is seeking “a declaration of its rights and obligations,” with respect to Fulton’s claim, according to the Sentinel.
The company has asked the court to rule it “has no duty to defend The Retreat at Twin Lakes,” the Sentinel reported.
The family’s attorney Benjamin Crump said travellers is trying to avoid paying for Martin’s death and the family is investigating claims with “all the insurance companies that might be applicable,” according to the Sentinel.
News of the lawsuit comes on the heels of reports that Martin’s parents are asking the state crime victims fund for monetary assistance, The Associated Press reported, via Fox News Latino.
The Attorney General’s Office notified Fulton in March that she was eligible for the benefits but the office isn’t releasing the amount Fulton is seeking.
As of August, Fulton hadn’t received any compensation, according to the AP.
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