Edward Ware’s family files wrongful death lawsuit

Edward Ware lawsuit

The family of Edward Ware, a 36-year-old autistic man who died in a group home in 2021, has filed a lawsuit against the staffing agency that hired the three people accused of murdering him. In addition to the lawsuit, employees Katherine Hair, Terrance Nelson and Derrick Coley also face manslaughter charges. A screenshot from that video shows the trio holding Ware for more than four minutes. (Screengrab: The Haggard Law Firm; Ware photo: Obituary)

The family of a 36-year-old autistic man who suffocated in a North Miami group home in 2021 is suing the staffing agency that hired the three people accused of murdering him.

Three employees detained Edward Ware on December 21, 2021 at a residence called “Family Tree Concept.” A video shows an employee grabbing Ware seemingly unprovoked and, along with two others, wrestling with Ware for about four minutes in an apparent attempt to restrain him. Ware then goes limp and staff attempts CPR and calls 911.

Ware’s family filed a lawsuit against Care Assist Home Care Inc., which staffed the home, and the three employees involved: Katherine Hair, Terrance Nelson and Derrick Coley. Hair, Nelson and Cooley are charged with involuntary manslaughter in an ongoing case.

As the argument continued, Ware spoke on the phone with his father, Edward Taylor.

“At the time of his murder, I was speaking to my son on speakerphone,” Taylor told reporters at a news conference Tuesday. “The last memory I have of him is of the caregivers wrestling him to the ground and taking his last breath.”

Olly Dawes

Olly Dawes is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Olly Dawes joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ollydawes@nytimas.com.

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