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Daughters of murder victim want businesses to have more security

Posted at 5:33 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 18:49:51-04

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla.-- A Treasure Coast family is demanding that investments into proper security is needed to protect people when they go out at night.

Tanya Oliver was shot in the parking lot of the Elks Pride of St. Lucie County in 2015 as she tried to break up a fight.

At the time of the shooting, lawyers for Oliver's family claim the Elks Lodge was operating as a nightclub.

The family, which was awarded $5 million by a jury in August in a civil lawsuit ,claims there was no security in the parking lot to prevent their mother from being shot. Now, Oliver's family wants more to be done to help save a life in the future.

"Without the proper security, or without the proper procedures, and stuff like that, things like this can be prevented. And honestly, some people don't know how important it is until bullets and death is knocking on their door," said Oliver's daughter Teaira Reed.

We've reached out to the Elk's Lodge for a comment but have not yet heard back.

Two women were convicted in Oliver's death and sentenced to 45 years in prison.