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Parents of girl who was raped and killed after kidnapping on way to school receive settlement

A photo and the remains of Alianna DeFreeze rest at Lake View Cemetery on Oct. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Parents of girl who was raped and killed after kidnapping on way to school receive settlement

Virginia Aabram January 14, 12:28 PMJanuary 14, 12:28 PM

The parents of a 14-year-old girl who was raped, tortured, and killed after she was kidnapped on her way to school in 2017 have reached a settlement with several parties they say had a role in her death.

Alianna DeFreeze’s parents will both receive over $245,000 as part of the $1 million settlement, which was recently filed in Cuyahoga County Probate Court in Cleveland, Ohio, according to Cleveland Fox 8. The hearing for the proposed settlement is set for next month.

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“Despite the incredible odds faced by Plaintiffs’ counsel, they were able to convince the settling Defendants (who still assert that they have no legal responsibility for the death of Alianna) to resolve this matter for a total of $1,000,000.00,” Allen Boseman, the family’s attorney, wrote in the filing. “This is a tremendous settlement based upon the facts and the current state of the law in the state of Ohio.”

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Alan Rosskamm, the former CEO of Breakthrough Charter Schools, which the child attended, told Fox 8 the settlement was “mutually agreed upon.”

“We hope this can help bring some level of closure to all concerned,” he said. “Although, our hearts will always go out to Alianna’s family and friends.”

The DeFreeze family first filed the wrongful death lawsuit in 2019 against the city of Cleveland, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, E Prep and Village Prep Woodland Hills, and the Friends of Breakthrough Schools, accusing them of failing to notify them that their daughter did not show up to school on the day she was killed. The family only became aware that their daughter was missing at 4 p.m. when she didn’t come home.

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“Defendants have tried to cover up their fatal inaction by claiming that they sent [Alianna’s mother] a message … notifying her of Alianna’s absence, but that the system malfunctioned,” the lawsuit read, according to People. “Upon information and belief, defendants school system have lied about their action of sending a message.”

Christopher Whitaker, a sex offender, followed DeFreeze from a bus stop and lured her into an abandoned house, where he assaulted and killed her, officials said. He was sentenced to death in 2018 and is now on death row.

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