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Online marketplace Letgo sued after Denver-area slayings

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Posted at 1:44 PM, Apr 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-14 15:44:05-04

DENVER (AP) — The online marketplace Letgo is facing a wrongful death lawsuit after the parents of five children were fatally shot and robbed while using the app to try to buy a used SUV in suburban Denver in 2020.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Denver on Thursday on behalf of the victims’ family.

It claims Letgo was negligent because it allowed the alleged shooter to become a “verified seller” using a fake name and despite his criminal history. The shooter was identified as then-18-year-old Kyree Brown. Joseph Roland, 39, and Jossline Roland, 40, were killed in the shooting, which happened at a home along the 11000 block of E. Cornell Circle in August 2020.

Letgo has been acquired by Bellevue, Washington-based OfferUp, which also is named as a defendant.

Attorneys are seeking damages to be determined by a jury.

You can read the full lawsuit here.