CRIME
03/13/2015 05:39 pm ET Updated May 14, 2015

Families Of Sandy Hook Victims Plan To Sue Nancy Lanza's Estate

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo a police cruiser sits in the driveway of the home of Nancy Lanza, in Newtown, Conn. T
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo a police cruiser sits in the driveway of the home of Nancy Lanza, in Newtown, Conn. The Newtown Legislative Council is voting Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 on a proposal recommended by the board of selectmen to raze the 3,100-square-foot home and keep the land as open space. The Colonial-style home where Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza lived with his mother has been transferred to the town in a deal with a bank. Nancy Lanza was killed there by her son before he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, where he killed 20 first-graders and six educators. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

By Richard Weizel

MILFORD, Conn., March 13 (Reuters) - Nine families of victims of the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School have filed notices of claim seeking money from the estate of Nancy Lanza, mother of 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza, a lawyer representing the families said on Friday.

The notices of claim seek a share of a homeowner's insurance policy held by Nancy Lanza, who was her son's first victim in the Newtown, Connecticut, rampage, according to a statement by the law firm Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder.

The claims, in Connecticut Superior Court in Bridgeport, argue that the families deserve payment because their loved ones were injured as a result of an unsecured firearm, said attorney Josh Koskoff in a statement.

"With this many claimants, the money ends up being a symbolic gesture but it serves as an important reminder that people who keep firearms in the home must be scrupulous about securing their weapons," Koskoff said.

Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six educators with an AR-15 Bushmaster rifle that his mother had legally purchased.

Newtown obtained possession of her home and is planning to tear it down in the spring and leave it as open space in he near future, town officials said. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by David Gregorio)

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Victims Of The Newtown School Shooting