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Family of off-duty police officer killed in Westport files lawsuit against restaurant

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(Lee's Summit Police Department) (Lee's Summit Police Department)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The family of an officer who was shot and killed on his night off is suing the restaurant where it happened. 

Officer Thomas Orr was at Californos in Westport last August when shots rang out on the crowded patio. 

Police say he was an innocent bystander. 

In a lawsuit filed on Thursday, they say due to the lack of security that night, the shooter was able to pull out firearms and fire recklessly into the crowd of bystanders. 

Californos chose not to comment. 

Scholarship set up in his honor

Orr's impact on the community inspired many, including a teenager from Lee's Summit. 

Lorenzo Harrison has started a scholarship fund in the name of Orr. It will benefit high school students planning on pursuing a career in criminal justice. 

At just 17, he made a name for himself after giving away a pair of opening day tickets to a young boy battling cancer. 

Now at the age of 19, he's starting a scholarship fund in Orr's name. 

“Really, I felt something in my stomach drop," he said. "He was a young guy that had an impact on a lot of kids." 

The youth minster says his goal is to raise $10,000 this year and to give it to 20 high school seniors seeking a major in criminal justice.  

"We’d like to offset some of the cost for their college tuition in honor of him and the police chief of Lee’s Summit said, they thought it would be a good thing to do in his honor and legacy," Harrison said. 

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