HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The family of a Yale University graduate student killed in a research lab before her wedding day in 2009 is suing the school, claiming it had failed to adequately protect women on campus for years.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the family of Annie Le (LAY’) late Tuesday afternoon in New Haven Superior Court.

The strangled body of the 24-year-old Placerville native was found at the Yale research lab on Sept. 13, 2009, the same day as her scheduled wedding and five days after she disappeared.

An animal research technician in the same building, Raymond Clark III, is serving 44 years in prison for the murder.

Yale officials say there’s no basis for the lawsuit and no additional security measures could have prevented the killing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (11)
  1. Guy says:

    I don’t see how the University is at fault here. Did he tell the school he was planning this? Did other people complain about his behavior in the past and the school ignored it? What am I missing here?

    You can’t protect everyone from random hideous acts. If someone decides one day that they are going to commit some terrible deed then there isn’t anything that anyone can do about except react and learn from the situation.

    If they are going to sue anyone then they should sue the guy who killed her.

  2. Dammit says:

    Le’s family = everything that is wrong with our country

  3. Selmers says:

    Typical! “Lets profit from this” mentality! This is what forces the rest of society to live in a sterile f*ing vacuum! I am sick of the over-protective bubble-wrap society because of these greedy m*f*ers!!

  4. USofA says:

    murder = 44 years in prison only? which means this POS will be out in his late 60s, rape and kill more innocent girls. this is where our money is going.

  5. Mace says:

    How would Yale University be responsible for her untimely death? We all take chances in life…she chose Yale, for her education, and so did her killer, I can’t see where Yale is negligent for her death…sorry, and R.I.P. *(Annie)* and may the murderer rot to death.

  6. Rusty says:

    If a burglar to your house can sue and take your house away for his injury in the commission of his crime, Ms Le’s family certainly has a legitimate case.

    1. Rusty says:

      But moreover, I would prefer the opportunity to pull the trigger on the SOB rather than recovering monetary damage.

  7. Sorry, no Lotto Winner Here... says:

    Sorry for you loss…..

    The University however is not and should not be liable for her murder. They can not stop someone from committing a murder anymore than you could stop a murderer from committing a murder…

    It seems that you are just trying to get some $$$ out of this…. And, how sad that you feel that you have to stick it to someone…. The one you need to stick it to, is in prison for the next 44 years…. He is the one you need to deal with, not the University….. They are clean in this matter…. Case Closed.

  8. MAC says:

    Makes since to most people, But how are they and their lawyers going to make any money. That is the bottom line!

  9. rmcsticks says:

    america : come make some money….the university should not pay out and you should be ashamed.

  10. jackie says:

    I hope they get every dime and I hope they sue Harvard also, those onery, mean sprited, disgusting Harvard U students making a murder parody video out of her murder to play on their comedy news show run by the H U students. “NO” lawyer is going to take on a case like this unless he is sure he has enough evidence to win, this from my son-in-law who got his law degree there he says that their lawyer probably got his there also.

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