Near the very end of 2016, on December 30, Meek Mill showed up and put on a concert at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut that ended in tragedy. By the end of the night, two men, 20-year-old Jaquan Graves and 31-year-old Travis Ward were both shot dead in the parking lot of the venue. Months later, the family of Travis Ward is taking both Meek and the venue itself to court over the entire incident.
According to the Hartford Courant, Ward’s family alleges that the promoters failed to provide adequate security or take the proper measures to control the crowd, despite the fact that previous Meek Mill’s concerts had been marred by gun violence. The family’s lawyer, Joel Faxon, said, “With song titles like ‘Body Count’ and ‘Oh Kill ‘Em’ [sic] that praise indiscriminate killing and mayhem, the potential for tragic incidents like this should have been properly anticipated and planned for by Meek Mill, his concert promoters and the Oakdale Theatre.”
The shooting that left Graves and Ward dead, as well as another two people injured, took place just after Meek’s show ended, while concertgoers were exiting the venue. “A strong police presence was required,” Faxon argued. “They were innocent bystanders who ended up in a war zone.”
Thus far, no suspects have been apprehended in relation to the incident. The family is seeking $15,000 in damages.