Danelle Eckert, the mother of Colin Byars, a 24-year-old teacher who died after being punched in the head, is being harassed by Colin's former landlord, who wants to impose an "early termination" fee on her because her son died before his lease ran out.
The landlord is CCRT Properties in Brookfield, WI.
She said the apartment's property manager told her that they knew Byars had been killed. But the woman told Eckert the management company had been advised by their legal representative that they should go after the rent and fees.
"I said you might be able to do this, but should you do this?" Eckert said. The early termination fee makes her especially angry. "How was my son supposed to know he was going to be killed?" she asked.
Byars was a popular young special education teacher and coach at McKinley Middle School. He was in his first year as a full-time teacher after graduating from college. He died when, according to witnesses, he got into a dispute outside a tavern and was struck in the head. The man who hit him, Martin Walker, has been charged with murder.
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