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Mother of Waffle House shooting victim files lawsuit against Reinking family

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - A new lawsuit has been filed against the man accused of opening fire inside the Antioch Waffle House and his father. 

Four people were killed that night, including 23-year-old Akilah DaSilva. Now his mother is suing Travis Reinking and his father, Jeffrey.

The suit claims Travis Reinking's father contributed to the Waffle House shooting by returning guns to his unstable son after police in Illinois revoked his firearm owner's identification card on orders from the FBI. 

The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee by Attorney Daniel Horwitz against Reinking. The complaint and media comments offered by Horwitz contain allegations regarding factual inaccuracy and a rush to judgment surrounding Reinking’s conduct.

The DaSilva family is asking for at least $100 million from Travis and Jeffrey Reinking. 

The complaint is filled with flawed legal argument, inappropriate hyperbole and shows what appears to be a greater desire for media coverage by a lawyer than finding the truth for a grieving family.

Akilah DaSilva is described as a computer engineering student at MTSU, who loved photography, writing poetry and directing music videos. 

He was gunned down during the early morning hours of April 22, inside the Waffle House on Murfreesboro Rd. in Antioch.

Reinking was captured on April 23 after a 2-day manhunt. 

Public records document several Reinking arrests, including an incident at the White House, which led to an order that Reinking give up his weapons, including a Bushmaster XM-15, the same type of rifle used at the Waffle House.

The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office gave the weapons to Jeffrey Reinking, on condition that he would not return the firearms to his son. The suit alleges the father not only gave the guns back to his son but also took actions to "undo efforts of law enforcement to disarm his mentally deranged and dangerous son because doing so would promote his personal convenience."


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