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The family is seeking nearly $2.5 million in the wrongful-death lawsuit

The family of a 19-year-old man who was placed by the state at Looking Glass Community Services in Eugene three years before he committed suicide has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Looking Glass, a facility supervisor and the Oregon Youth Authority.

Brett Jay Jay Bruns passed away on December 3, 2019 after he was allowed to leave Looking Glass. The Looking Glass supervisor named in the lawsuit, Nicholas Brown, admitted he knew Bruns was suicidal but didn’t tell Eugene police about it when he reported Bruns as a fugitive, court documents say.

Looking Glass Community Services is an OYA contractor and provides residential services as a drug and alcohol treatment facility.

Brown placed Bruns on suicide watch on November 30, 2019, in a secure area of ​​the facility. Brown observed Bruns trying to pull away with his shoelaces, but did not seize the laces in a protocol, according to court documents.

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