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The parents of an 18-year-old man who was fatally stabbed in the heart in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena reportedly sued the group that operates the stadium, Rose Bowl Operating Co., for negligence. The family alleges their son was killed by a member of a cleaning crew, whose members were not properly screened for criminal backgrounds. The city owns the arena, but it is run by the aforementioned nonprofit.
Kamryn Stone, a recent high school graduate, was stabbed outside the stadium just after 11 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2019, after a game in which the University of Oklahoma won over UCLA. As the suit reportedly states, Stone was killed during his first day as a custodial worker at the Rose Bowl. He was employed by Cindy’s Cleaning Service LLC, one of several firms ABM Industries Inc. hired to employ workers needed to clean the stadium after games.
As the suit reportedly recounts, a fight began in a parking lot among the workers, and Stone tried to intervene and stop the violence. However, he was kicked and stabbed, and ultimately died of his injuries the next day at the hospital. A second victim, who was 51 year old, was shot in the left arm but recovered, police reportedly said.
Stone’s parents believe the defendants should have known that they were allowing employees onto the grounds who were dangerous and violent. In addition to negligence, the suit also alleges premises liability, negligent hiring, and assault and battery. The family seeks unspecified damages.
“Workers had come to the stadium from across Los Angeles County and had a host of different backgrounds,” the suit reportedly stated. “Some workers came from neighborhoods that were gang-infested and the workers knew gang members well. Other workers were active gang members themselves or held close allegiances to active gang members who were working at the stadium.”
Moreover, no Rose Bowl employees capable of providing CPR were present and Stone did not receive quick medical aid even though he was lying in the parking lot bleeding, per the suit. “This delay in seeking any medical attention increased the pain and suffering which Kamryn was forced to endure, prior to his death, and was a substantial factor causing his death,” the suit stated.
Back in Sep. 2020, investigators identified the stabbing suspect as Kyonne Garner of Los Angeles, who pleaded not guilty and reportedly remains in custody at Men’s Central Jail in lieu of a $2.1 million bail.
At the time of the incident, the family’s lawyer reportedly said: “Kamryn was a college student and budding entrepreneur who was focused on improving himself and his community. We will work tirelessly to hold those responsible for this tragic loss. How unfortunate it is that his life was taken as he tried to protect someone else. A Good Samaritan gone too soon.”