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Slain USA student's family retains legal counsel

Gil Collar (Courtesy: The Collar Family) Gil Collar (Courtesy: The Collar Family)

The family of a University of South Alabama Student who was shot and killed over the weekend by a campus security officer is retaining legal counsel to conduct its own investigation into the circumstances of their relative's death.

Beasley Allen Law Firm confirmed it has been retained by the family of Gil Collar, the man whom USA campus security and witnesses said was nearly nude and aggressive during the situation that led to his death.

Beasley Allen released this statement:

"Hopefully, the officials at the University will cooperate with us during this difficult time for the Collar family. Gil was a freshman at the school and his family had been assured by campus police back in August that a safe haven would be provided for all new students coming to the University. The University should not attempt to defend this incident by releasing information to the media until such time as a complete investigation is done. There are some issues that deal with rules and regulations covering incidents of this sort that must be addressed. When our investigation is completed, a decision will then be made by the family concerning their course of action."

The Mobile County Sheriff's Department is conducting its own investigation, saying it's in the process of interviewing witnesses and collecting information. The Sheriff's Department also confirms that it has obtained a video of the incident that "clearly depicts a sequence of events..." The video and its contents are not being disclosed due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Collar's mother, Bonnie, said she was told by investigators that her son never touched the officer who fatally shot him, and she's asking for folks to withhold judgement until an investigation is complete.

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