Daughter of 83-year-old woman murdered in her Brooklyn apartment sues NYC Housing Authority over lack of security

Noah Goldberg, New York Daily News
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The daughter of an octogenarian Brooklyn woman murdered in her public housing apartment in 2019 sued the Housing Authority Wednesday for failing to provide security in the complex.

Jacolia James, 83, was slain in her home at the Woodson Houses on Powell St. in Brownsville on April 30, 2019.

Her daughter, Lynda James, argues in the lawsuit that the New York City Housing Authority failed to provide a security guard or security cameras in the building, which could have prevented James' murder.

The suit also claims the Nov. 2015 murder of 82-year-old Myrtle McKenny in the same building should have put the city on alert that the building was dangerous.

“Despite this 2015 murder, no security measures of any type were implemented to protect the safety and security of residents,” the suit states.

The suit claims that the building lacked security cameras and that the locks on front doors were “continuously broken, non-functional and in a need for repair,” but NYCHA never fixed anything.

James died of blunt force injuries, and the medical examiner determined she was assaulted and murdered.

Her daughter is suing for $15 million.

A NYCHA spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit.


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