Brookhaven Student Sues Coca Cola Over Spring Break Beating on South Padre Island

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Back in March, Derek Madrigal, a 21-year-old student at Brookhaven Community College, was viciously beaten and stabbed by around a dozen people after he tried to defend a woman who was being harassed. The group of men beat Madrigal with cooler lids and stabbed him nine times, landing him in the ICU. Some very bloody and disturbing video footage of the attack, which you'll find after the jump, was widely circulated, in the hopes that it would lead to identifying the suspects.

It's not clear whether it was the video that did the trick, but eleven members of the Texas Mexican Mafia, a San Antonio-based prison gang, were arrested in the attack in April, while three more are still being sought.

Now, as Courthouse News reports, Madrigal has filed suit in Cameron County Court against Coca Cola, which was sponsoring the party where the attack took place. His complaint states that Coke provided inadequate security at the event and allowed "gang members to roam freely among the thousands of college-age men and women."

Madrigal's complaint outlines the attack in detail, which began at a party called "Coca-Cola Beach," which subheads itself as the "largest spring break venue in the nation." It was there that Madrigal encountered a group of men "talking rudely to a young woman" and politely asked them to stop, it says. (The woman has variously been described as Madrigal's girlfriend and his female friend in different media accounts). "Unfortunately," the complaint goes on, "the gang of men responded violently and the situation immediately turned dangerous."

One of the men swung at Derek and hit the woman instead, knocking her to the ground. At that point, Madrigal "engaged the man and attempted to ward him off in self-defense." He soon found himself being beaten and stabbed by a large group. At one point, "a bystander attempted to pull Derek out of the fray and into another tent, but the violent gang relentlessly dragged him back and continued beating, stabbing and injuring him."

Madrigal suffered a collapsed lung and tendon damage in his arms in addition to his nine stab wounds. He subsequently withdrew from Brookhaven to focus on his recovery.

Madrigal is also suing Isla Grand Beach Resort, where the event took place. The complaint states that the Texas Mexican Mafia members had been "disrupting, harassing and intimidating other invitees for several days prior to the attack on Derek." It continues:

Based on their open and obvious behavior, an attack was inevitable. The gang's behavior clearly indicated they were seeking out altercation with other invitees, yet no security personnel intervened and removed the dangerous gang members from the premises.

Madrigal is seeking unspecified damages. We're trying to get in touch with him for comment, and will update if we hear back.


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mercedesrenderos
mercedesrenderos

wow he gets to sue but the 2 men that were wrongfully accused and arrested for supposedly attacking him can't ... both were 5 hrs away and yet S.P.I. POLICE AND D.P.S. raided their homes and put their name and face all over the news with alligations of being gang memebers and ect... but yet after UNDISPUTIBLE  PROOF WAS SHOWN TO THEM THAT THEY COULD NOT POSSIBLY BE INVOVLED NOT EVEN AN APOLOGY WAS GIVEN TO THEM ... but COCO COLA IS SUPPOSED TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR AN EVENT THEY SPONSERED..WHEN AT 3 DIFFERENT POLICE AGENCIES COULDNT EVEN ARREST THE RIGHT PEOPLE ...

steve.sandwich
steve.sandwich

Typical South Padre Spring Breaker douchebaggery.

goober
goober

The issue is centered on the term 'reasonable care' and whether or not the possibility of violence was foreseeable. I do not like folks suing at the drop of a hat but on the other side, if you are profiting from creating a scene you should be responsible for somewhat ensuring safety. The taxpayer shouldn't  have to foot the entire bill for security when a private concern is creating to situation in order to profit. 

PerryMoore
PerryMoore

For years, bullies have been spotted leaning on the soft drink machine. Finally, someone is willing to take on the people responsible for all that hooliganism--Coca-Cola.

observerislibtards
observerislibtards

More amazing rich vibrant benefits of Divershitty. Western civilization would truly collapse without them. Thank you, open-borders white-guilt "progressive advocacy" journOlist libtards.

ImNotDrunk
ImNotDrunk

Maybe he should sue all the people that were standing around while he is at it. 

 

Money grab...All this is...What the fuq ever!!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Yeah, pretty hard to sue the Mexican Mafia for damages, besides, Coca-Cola has the deep pockets and an image to protect.

_mm_
_mm_

Is it Derek or David?

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Hey Young Fellow Thank what ever Deity you worship that you are alive and let it go .

 

 

 

 

 

 

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

 @goober 

 

It seems unwise to put a prison gang among a crowd of bikini babes, with only boys that would be a wife in jail to defend them.

 

But how do you keep them out, profile? People with certain gang tattoos not allowed? No red? No registered felons?

 

Nah, you need a private police force to react to a crowd that is half-nekkid and totally drunk, and you need to insure the event for a gazillion dollars, just in case the inevitable and entirely predictable happens.

 

If it was me that was whupped, I'd get every damn penny I could, and I'd expect those gals I was defending to drop on by, often. Considering that the mafia boys might  pay a symbolic visit as well, I'd probably move to Banff.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @TheCredibleHulk The attitude by marketing groups behind marketing events such as this are in my opinion truly appalling, the promoters are cynical, opportunistic, greedy and disdainful of the people for whom they are holding this event.  It is merely nothing more than a crude attempt to imprint the brand name into the psyches of these naive young and impressionable people.

 

What will be truly sickening to me will be Coca Cola's and Isla Grand Beach Resort's attempts to deflect responsibility for this event as they feign ignorance of any potential problems and that they were just trying to have a "fun little party for our guests."; and, "How could we know that people like this would show up?"

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

 @_mm_ It's Derek. We had an error in the caption, but it should be fixed. Thanks! 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @oakclifftownie so he should just take his ass beating and let it go?  The some fucking dumb shit.  There should be repercussions for those peoples' actions and this lawsuit is part of it

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Well I guess he could use the Cash to relocate.

Or to treat that case of severe amnesia that will pop  up right before the trial

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TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Too true. Money, money, money. Don't get me wrong, I've no particular love for Coca-Cola or the beach resort. If anything good does come of this, I hope that it comes in the form of tighter restrictions on the the promoters of these events.

 

Unfortunately, the price of having fun like this (and it IS fun, I think most of us enjoyed a relatively beer-soaked / minimal clothing period in our young lives that we are nostalgic about) in the current environment of heightened gang activity is going to be tighter and tighter security.  

 

I still can't work up too much sympathy for Derek, though. After all, you gotta' know how to pick your battles, pendejo.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @oakclifftownie I know who these guys are, asswipe. Can't you read? Like I said, they don't give a fuck about this guy. Whether he wants the DA to prosecute or not those gang members are on film kicking and stabbing his ass. Jesus, you are dense.

 

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @oakclifftownie Please, you know as much as I do. I doubt this Mexican prison gang will do anything to him. Like they give a shit if he sues Coke. I've dealt with gangs before in my hood. They are no longer around. Get it?

 

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Nope. You are just clueless on all of the players in this situation .

If he truly did mix it up with who the story seems to imply he did ?

Then he has a lot more on his plate that suing a soft drink company ..

 

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TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Hell's Angels at Altamont? Unless you are somehow comparing the presence of the MM at this event to the presence of the Hell's Angels at that concert, I don't get where coming from. No, scratch that, I don't understand the comparison at all.

 

Like I said, I've no love for Coca-Cola and I don't care if they get creamed by this dude in court, but that doesn't make Derek any less of an idiot.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @TheCredibleHulk Yep and the Hell's Angels worked out really well for the Rolling Stones at Altamont ....

 

I've been told that I had my fair share of beer soaked fun in my youth, but then again there weren't any worries about gang elements showing up ...

 

If you haven't seen the attitude of the promoters for events such as this, you are in for a very rude awakening ...

 

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