Tyrique Tookes, 18, was found dead in his cell on May 4, 2019, after complaining of chest pain for about two weeks.
Tookes was booked into a jail in Atlanta, Georgia, in March 2019. He was being held on an $8,000 bond after being arrested on charges of theft by taking and receiving stolen property.
Tookes began complaining of severe chest pain several weeks after he was booked into the jail. Tookes was examined at the jail after complaining of chest tightness, “constant intense aching pain” and palpitations. The jail’s medical staff was monitoring his health for several days but after May 1 they did not check him on again. On May 4 he was discovered dead in his cell. The teen’s official cause of death was cardiac tamponade as the result of a ruptured aorta.
In May 2021 Tookes’ family filed a lawsuit against the facility’s health care provider. The lawsuit alleges that Tookes would still be alive if the jail’s medical staff had taken his complaints seriously and gotten him to a hospital for X-rays.
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