Mayren-Guzman had gone with friends to the Centerfolds cabaret on January 23, where he was allowed in and ordered alcohol, despite being underage.
Cooper Levenson’s lawyers held a press conference with family members to announce the seven-count trial, which names both the club’s individual and corporate owners, unidentified employees and the three men charged criminally – Jamaul Timberlake, and Garnell and John Hands. Lawyers for the victim’s mother, Zara Mayren, who filed the lawsuit, said Mayren-Guzman was kicked out of the club by employees and beaten by three men, then left in the cold without a coat.
“As a family, we believe that those named in the lawsuit by one means or another share or bear responsibility for the death of my younger brother,” said Eduardo Alvarez, Mayren-Guzman’s brother.
The lawsuit alleges the club allowed Mayren-Guzman in, despite being underage, and required that he spend a minimum of $25 on alcohol. He also claims that employees continued to serve him despite his drunken appearance. He was later physically expelled from the club, according to the lawsuit, and assaulted.
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It also alleges that Mayren-Guzman’s death was the result of “the negligence, recklessness and willful and wanton unlawful conduct” of the defendants.
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Family and friends organized a search when Mayren-Guzman went missing. He was found dead in the swamps off Delilah Road by a community-organized search party.
Brothers John Hands, 24, and Garnell Hands, 29, both of Pleasantville, and Timberlake, 30, of Atlantic City, have been charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit assault serious on January 26. All three remain in the Atlantic County Jail.
The lawsuit claims that Timberlake and the Hands brothers had some affiliation with the club, although it does not describe them as employees.
The lawsuit is not intended to supplant the criminal investigation, which the family supports and has “no intention of interfering with these efforts”, the family’s attorneys said.
Since Mayren-Guzman’s disappearance, family members, friends and members of the community have been calling out “Justicia para Irving” outside Centerfolds and City Hall. City officials decided on February 23 to revoke the strip club’s business license.
The family and lawyers believe the community has even more information to share to fill in the gaps. They set up a whistleblower line, 609-572-7788, and a website, justice4irving.com, to share information with the law firm.
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