Tip line set up for information regarding death of teen on bus

EDINBURG— The attorney for the family of a Harlingen teenager killed a year ago when he fell from a moving school bus called the official ruling of his death as suicide a “sham.”

“Our son was happy, you didn’t even call us or talk to us to get this information,” Terry Gorman said the family told investigators.

Gorman also told reporters at a news conference outside the county courthouse here today that the $100 million number on the family’s lawsuit was selected by him without consulting the family of Gabriel Miranda.

“The allegations in the lawsuit are valid, they are not trivial, they are not made up,” Gorman said.

The attorneys for the family of Vernon Middle School student Gabriel Miranda announced today a confidential tip line seeking information in the case is now available at 888-677-2022.

In addition, a dedicated email address also can be used. It is info@helplittlegabriel.com

To commemorate the one year anniversary of his death, family, friends, neighbors and students are invited to a memorial for him at McKelvey Park on Nov.11 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The lawsuit seeks $100 million and targets numerous people and organizations, including Harlingen CISD, the superintendent, two teachers, the driver of the bus, the Texas Education Agency and its commissioner, as well as the City of Edinburg, the Edinburg Police Department and its chief, Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, coroner Norma Jean Farley, and Edinburg’s mayor and city manager.

The suit alleges that on Nov. 14, 2016, Vernon Middle School students were on a school field trip aboard bus No. 118 when at around 9:45 a.m. Gabriel Miranda “fell, or was pushed out of the emergency exit door.”

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