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Family sues nightclub after 2012 stabbing death - abc27 WHTM

Family sues nightclub after 2012 stabbing death

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The family of a murder victim is suing the owners of a former Harrisburg nightclub.

In February of 2012, 21-year-old Tyrone Manley was stabbed after a fight outside Dragonfly Nightclub on Second Street. Shawn Thompson, 33, is serving time for the murder.

Shortly after the stabbing, investigators looked into whether or not to label the club a nuisance bar. Dragonfly, however, closed before that decision could be made.

Manley's family is suing the club's owners, Brubar, Inc. The lawsuit claims the club let Thompson in while he was armed with a knife, served him alcohol when he was already visibly intoxicated, and failed to call police after the fight started.

"Number one is we want to deter conduct like this in the future," said attorney Ben Andreozzi, who is representing the Manley family. "We want to get answers for the family. How is this man allowed to go into the bar, which allegedly had metal detectors at the time, and how is he allowed to proceed into the bar with a concealed knife?"

abc27 reached out to the club's owners, but was told they couldn't comment.

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