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Airbnb has been sued by the family of a Florida woman who was sexually attacked and killed in a villas to rent in Costa Rica they are booked through the home-sharing service.
The police said Carla Stefaniak was murdered on her 36th birthday Nov. 28 by a Nicaraguan immigrants working as security guard at the resort where they stayed.
The lawsuit filed in Tampa Dec. 20 looking for damage caused by negligence, Fox 13 Tampa reported. The resort is also named as a defendant. Stefaniak, the two brothers brought the lawsuit.
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“The security guard, was not even legally entitled to be in Costa Rica; he was in the county illegally,” their lawyer, Jack Gordon, told the station. “He was certainly not the proper license as a security guard. He was not even llegally allowed to be used. He was equipped with his own apartment right next to where Carla was staying.”
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“Our hearts are broken for Carla’s family, friends and loved ones,” Airbnb said in a statement, according to Fox 13. “We reached to offer support to them during this unimaginably difficult time. We are also in contact with the Costa Rican and U.s. law enforcement authorities, and we stand for the support of their research, as justice must be served quickly.”
Airbnb has also said that the resort is removed from the platform.
The resort has not responded to a request for comment.
Earlier this month, the researchers said Stefaniak died of blunt force trauma to the head and had also been stabbed a few times in the neck.