Victim's family in LI pharmacy killing announces suit

February 9, 2012 2:16:36 PM PST
The family of one of four people killed during a Long Island pharmacy holdup has filed a $20 million lawsuit.

It was an unforgettable image of a heartbreaking week.

Two sisters, one 16, one just six years old, placing flowers at the spot where their mom lost her life.

Jaime Taccetta was one of four people massacred in a robbery at Medford's Haven Drugs.

Eight months later, her daughter Miranda Malone showed that time has done little to heal her wounds.

With her father and lawyer by her side, she demanded justice.

"I think all this could have been prevented if people did their job," Miranda Malone said.

"Anyone who hurts my children or their mother will have to pay, and suffer the consequences they have coming to them," said James Malone, Miranda's father.

Admitted murderer David Laffer is already serving a life sentence and his wife Melinda Brady was sentenced to serve a quarter century in prison for her role as an accessory.

"Miranda in our view has become the new Erin Brockovich," said John Ray, attorney.

But Miranda's lawyer Thursday filed a civil suit against a laundry list of defendants, the Suffolk County Police Department and its former commissioner, for allowing Laffer to have a pistol license.

Pharmacy owner Vinoda Kudchadkar, who was seen as inconsolable after the shooting, is also named for failing to provide security.

The suit also goes after the doctors who prescribed drugs to Laffer and takes on a company that manufactures Hydrocodone.

In all, Ray is hoping for $20 million.

"When we sue people we sue them in order to win. But winning in a lawsuit is not just about principle. It's also about acquiring money. That's one of the strongest ways to punish people civilly for that they did," Ray said.

These days the vast memorial to the dead is gone and Haven Drugs is once again open for business, even though the owner is rarely seen anymore.

He is beloved by regular customers like Julianne Richards, who says Kudchadkar was a victim too.

"He didn't make this happen. The mother of the shooter should be being sued, not the pharmacist," Richards said.

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