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Family of U of R student sues university, fraternity and student who killed their son

Posted at: 11/27/2012 3:57 PM
Updated at: 11/27/2012 5:48 PM
By: Berkeley Brean

The family of the University of Rochester student who was stabbed and killed at a fraternity party is now suing the university, the fraternity and the student who stabbed their son. Jeffrey Bordeaux's family is seeking a total of $24 million.

Bordeaux died after he and Daren Venable got into a fight at a party over a girl two years ago. Venable stabbed Bordeaux, but claimed self defense and was acquitted of murder at the trial.

The lawsuit says the University of Rochester Police should have patrolled the quad where the fraternity house was located. If they had, the lawsuit claims they would have seen the

party and stopped it. It says Daren Venable had a habit of carrying a knife on campus, but the university did nothing to stop that. It says the fraternity is responsible because it did not have security at the party. It says Venable is responsible because he's the one who stabbed Jeffrey Bordeaux.

This was an emotionally charged case that erupted after the judge found Daren Venable not guilty of second degree murder. Judge John DeMarco ruled that the prosecution failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Daren Venable was not justified in using deadly physical force in the face of imminent serious physical injury. Bordeaux's family poured out of the courtroom screaming, sometimes uncontrollably.