MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - The family of a librarian who was killed while leaving a bank has announced a lawsuit against the Miami-Dade County Federal Credit Union.
Jaime Humet’s family members spoke to the media on Wednesday to announce their decision to file a lawsuit against the credit union for negligent security.
“This is a person whose whole life was about helping others,” said the victim’s brother, Nick Humet. “We can’t bring him back, but we can sure as heck do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen to the next person here.”
Humet was killed on Dec. 10 while leaving the ATM of the credit union located in the area of Northwest 207th Street and Second Avenue in Miami Gardens.
His family is claiming the business did not have enough security measures in place to prevent their loved one’s death.
Attorney Pedro Echarte of The Haggard Law Firm said the death of the 47-year-old librarian was “a foreseeable crime considering the nature of the business and its location in a notoriously high crime area.”
Echarte said more should have been done by the credit union to prevent something like this from happening.
“A business like this that operates or deals with money, when you’re operating ATMs at night, yes, you need the best surveillance cameras. You need manned security. You need to design your property so that your ATM is visible instead of hiding behind the branch near a dark alleyway,” said Echarte.
Surveillance video showed a white, newer model Kia Optima moments before the incident. Miami Gardens Police believe the shooter and the getaway driver were inside that vehicle.
“Someone has to know something. There was a driver, and there was a criminal, so somebody has to know something about this,” said the victim’s mother, Pilar Humet. “Come forward, get the reward, and one less criminal in the streets.”
The Miami-Dade County Federal Credit Union is aware of the lawsuit and issued the following statement: “At Dade County Federal Credit Union, we remain deeply saddened about the death of Jaime Humet, and we have fully cooperated with the law enforcement investigation. It is a longstanding policy of the credit union not to comment on pending litigation.”
The original reward offered for information on the armed robbery was $3,000 but Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers increased it to $23,000.
“We’re going to ensure that a mother never loses her son in this type of incident again,” said Echarte.
If you have any information on Humet’s death, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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