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Arizona St. faces wrongful death suit in player's death

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The father of a former Arizona State football player who was killed outside a nightclub here last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

B. Lee Falkner is suing the university, the state Board of Regents, Sun Devils football coach Dirk Koetter and former ASU athletic director Gene Smith, according to records filed Feb. 22 at Maricopa County Superior Court.

Falkner's lawsuit said that ASU officials "negligently failed
to control" ASU football player Loren Wade, and that their failure
to ensure and protect public safety led to his son's death.

The lawsuit also said Koetter "owed a duty to innocent members
of the public to control the known violent tendencies of Wade."

Brandon Falkner, 25, was shot to death on March 26 outside the
Coyote Bay Night Club.

After the shooting, ASU athletics officials acknowledged that
Wade had a troubled history. Three women in five separate incidents
had complained to the university, as well as Chandler and
Scottsdale police, that Wade had threatened them in the weeks
before the shooting.

ASU officials declined to comment, saying they hadn't seen the
lawsuit.

Gene Smith, now Ohio State University's athletic director, also
would not comment, according to a school spokesman.

Police said witnesses told them jealousy led to the shooting.
They said Wade was angry that Brandon Falkner had spoken to his
girlfriend.

Wade, 22, of Los Angeles, is scheduled to go on trial April 17.