Lawsuits involving father of suspected Waffle House shooter resolved

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two of the lawsuits filed in connection with the Waffle House mass shooting have been resolved.

Documents filed in federal court show Jeffrey Reinking and the brother of victim Akilah DaSilva have reached a resolution. The family’s attorney, Daniel Horwitz, would not disclose any details of that resolution. 

Akilah DaSilva, 23, died in the Waffle House mass shooting on April 22, 2018. His older brother, Abede DaSilva, filed a lawsuit in federal court last year claiming that Jeffrey Reinking was, in part, responsible for the shooting death of his brother

Meanwhile, in Nashville Circuit Court the mother of victim DeEbony Groves, Shirl Baker, has voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit against Jeffrey and Travis Reinking. However, the dismissal reserves her right to bring back the lawsuit within a year. 

Six other lawsuits remain open against Jeffrey and Travis Reinking in Nashville and Tazewell County.

Police records show Travis Reinking had his Illinois firearms owner’s card revoked in 2017 when he moved out of state.

The firearms were then transferred to his father. A police report shows Jeffrey Reinking was advised by sheriff’s deputies in Tazewell Co. to keep the weapons away from his son. 

Reinking’s dad took possession of the firearms but gave them back when his son moved to Tennessee. Metro Nashville Police have said that one of those weapons was used in the Waffle House shooting.

Travis Reinking had previous run-ins with police. In one instance, authorities said Reinking believed Taylor Swift was stalking him and his family showed concern he was suicidal.

In another case, the Secret Service responded to the White House in 2017 after Reinking allegedly crossed a secure barrier. 

Three other lawsuits filed against Jeffrey and Travis Reinking remain open in Nashville Circuit Court.

The parties who are suing include:

Akilah DaSilva’s mom, Shaundelle Brooks

Vincente Sneed, who was present inside the Waffle House on the morning of the shooting.

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Three other lawsuits have been filed against the elder Reinking in Tazewell Co.:

The family of Joe Perez, who was killed in the shooting, is a party on one of those suits. Tia Waggoner, who was severely injured in the shooting, joined the Perez Lawsuit.

The aunt of victim Taurean Sanderlin and Sharita Henderson, who was shot multiple times, is also suing Reinking.

Jeffrey Reinking also faces a criminal charge in Illinois. 

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