More claims filed against San Bernardino County in terror attack

Sierra Clayborn funeral

Friends and relatives of Sierra Clayborn gather for her funeral service at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in South Los Angeles on Dec. 19, 2015.

(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The family of Sierra Clayborn, who was killed in the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terror attack, filed three claims against San Bernardino County this week, alleging it failed to prevent her death. The claims seek $204 million in damages.

Clayborn’s family is the second to file negligence claims related to the Inland Regional Center shootings. Fourteen people were killed when Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on a gathering of county employees. Clayborn and most of the victims worked in the county’s environmental health division with Farook.

Last week, the family of Michael Wetzel, a 15-year-county employee, filed claims seeking $58 million in damages. His wife, Renee Wetzel, is seeking $3 million in lost wages and $25 million in general damages for the death of her husband. She also sought $10 million in damages for each of her three minor children.

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The claims filed this week on behalf of Clayborn’s father, Gregory, her stepmother, Kimberly, and her sister Tamishia allege that the county failed to provide a safe workplace, fostered a hostile work environment and failed to take steps to prevent Clayborn’s death.

The suit seeks $68 million in damages, medical expenses, lost wages and other expenses for each family member.

Clayborn, 27, worked as an environmental health specialist for the county.

“The county will carefully consider each claim and act in the best interests of everyone involved,” David Wert, a county spokesman, said in a statement.


After Clayborn’s death, Tamishia wrote a Facebook post for her sister: “I love you more than you ever knew. You were taken too soon.”

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