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Wake Forest Wants Lawsuit Tied To Fatal Shooting Tossed

Winston-Salem State University

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A North Carolina university is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit stemming from a fatal shooting on its campus in 2018.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Wake Forest University is disputing the allegations lodged by Jemel Dixon, the mother of Winston-Salem State University football player Najee Ali Baker. He was shot and killed as he walked away from a party venue.

Dixon's lawsuit says school officials ignored a report calling for university police to provide equal security at all student events and of failing to provide enough security measures to prevent the shooting.

In its motion, Wake Forest attorney Shana Fulton says even if the allegations are true, the lawsuit fails to prove that anything the university did or didn't do had anything to do with Baker's death.

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