The family of a Marine Corps. a veteran who was stabbed to death outside a Boston bar last month plans to file a civil lawsuit against the bar by the end of this week, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.
Daniel Martinez, 23, was allegedly stabbed to death by Alvaro Larrama, 38, of East Boston, at the Sons of Boston bar on March 19. Martinez, originally from Illinois, was visiting Boston for St. Patrick’s Day.
“We would like more answers, and that’s why we are filing a complaint,” said Thomas Flaws, the family’s attorney. World.
Prosecutors allege video footage of the incident shows Larrama, who was a bouncer at the bar, argued with Martinez and his friend and wouldn’t let them into the bar. Martinez and his friend tried to walk away, but Larrama allegedly followed them and, after an altercation, stabbed Martinez to death.
Larrama has been charged with murder in connection with the incident and is being held without bond.
Daniel Martinez’s mother, Apolonia Martinez, saw Larrama in person for the first time during a court hearing on Thursday, the World reported.
“I needed to see the person who killed my son. I needed him to feel the grief and grief that my family and I feel. My heart is broken,” she said. “I couldn’t take my eyes off him because he needed to see the person he had destroyed. He killed my son and he killed a part of my heart.
Martinez’s family said last month that they plan to file a civil lawsuit against the bar.
They told the World Thursday that they plan to create the Daniel Martinez Foundation to help preserve his memory.
“He loved life and achieved so many great things,” said Matthew Martinez, brother of Daniel Martinez. “The foundation helps us see the big picture, and we want to help others and raise awareness.”
Sons of Boston had its liquor and entertainment licenses suspended by the city. The lawyer for the bar confirmed to the World Thursday the bar is closed indefinitely.
Larrama is due back in court on June 15, the World reported.
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