CLEVELAND – The family of a man who died two years ago while at a concert at Progressive Field has filed a lawsuit, the Fox 8 I-Team learned.
Attorneys Mark Koberna and Craig Bashein filed the suit Friday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on behalf of Cory Barron’s father, Matthew.
The suit lists several defendants, including Cleveland Indians baseball, Live Nation Entertainment and Minute Men Staffing. We have reached out to the defendants for comment. The Indians responded, saying they would not release a statement.
Barron, 22, died July 18, 2014 after he went to the Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Cleveland police said the 6-foot-2 Barron went down a 2-foot-by-2-foot garbage chute and died. His body was found in a landfill four days after the concert.
“During the evening decedent, Cory Barrron, entered a room in the upper deck of Progressive Field, which had a 5-story garbage chute which led directly to the basement level of the stadium,” the suit stated. “ The aforementioned room was supposed to be locked to prevent unintended access to the room by patrons attending events at the facility as as a basic security precaution.”
The suit further stated the defendants knew the door had been broken, but had failed to repair or replace it.
The suit also said the defendants created “unsafe and dangerous conditions at the facility,” and also failed to provide proper security at the event.
IRG, private investigators hired by the Barron family, said Barron had bruises on his head and ribs that happened prior to his death. They believe someone assaulted him and then put his body down the chute.
Cory’s family said they reached out to IRG investigators eight months ago and asked them to look at the case because they want to know what happened that night.
There is a $10,000 reward being offered for anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Cory’s death.
Fox 8 reached out to LiveNation for a comment, they said they are not commenting at this time.
Anyone with information is asked to call IRG investigators at 1-877-637-6600 or email IRG at firstname.lastname@example.org.