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Lawsuit filed against store owner in synthetic marijuana death

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PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -

A lawsuit filed on Friday claims that a store owner in Atlanta contributed to a teen's death by selling him synthetic marijuana. The suit says the store owner should have known that a form of synthetic marijuana was dangerous and that kids were smoking it to get high.

The lawsuit says 16-year old Chase Burnett died in March of 2012 after smoking Spice. The lawsuit says the product was named Mojo Diamond Extreme.

The lawsuit claims that the owner of Gingko Food Mart, Vince Om, purchased the Mojo Diamond Extreme and his brother, Yong Om, sold it from a BP station in Peachtree City.  That's where the lawsuit claims Chase bought it.

"As I have said from day one, my family is committed to do whatever it takes to hold anyone who had a finger in our son's death accountable," said David Burnett, Chase's father.

A man who refused to give his name but identified himself as the owner of Gingko Food Mart did not want a FOX 5 crew photographing his business on Broad Street in Atlanta on Friday. He refused to answer any questions about the lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed says the brothers knew, or should have known, that minors would assume that products, being sold legally, were safe and that known and intended uses included smoking or otherwise inhaling smoke from burning the product. The suit claims that had it not been for the negligence and willful and wanton misconduct of the defendants, Chase Burnett would be alive today.

"We just want kids be aware that we are not invincible.  We are a family just like your family.  Please don't ever think that it can't happen to you because it can happen to you," Yvette Burnett said.

The Om brothers are reportedly no longer connected with the BP station in Peachtree City where Chase allegedly bought the Spice.
 

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