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Families file wrongful death lawsuits against DiNardo family

PHILADELPHIA - "He was bright and funny," said Missy Meo.

"There isn't a day that goes by where I don't cry and think of Jimi," said Sharon Patrick.

"Life is just not the same, ever again," added Bonnie Finocchairo.

Bonded by grief, the families of Tom Meo, Dean Finocchairo and Jimi Patrick, three of the four alleged murder victims of Cosmo DiNardo, filed wrongful death lawsuits against DiNardo, his cousin Sean Kratz, DiNardo's parents Sandra and Antonio and their construction companies DiNardo Brothers Material, Bella Trucking Corp, and Cosan LLC.

The bodies of the three young men and Mark Sturgis were found at the 90-acre Solebury Township, Bucks County farm owned by the DiNardo's last summer.

Prosecutors say under the guise of a marijuana deal DiNardo lured the men to the farm, shot them and in the cases of Meo, Finocchairo, and fourth victim Mark Sturgis, burned their bodies, and used a backhoe to dig a grave and cover it with cement.

"Had he not had access to a gun, back hoe, pig roaster and the farm itself, the crime could not have been committed," attorney Tom Kline said.

A big focus of the lawsuit, how DiNardo, who has a long rap sheet, was barred from his college and high school campus, who has history of mental illness, and a fascination with guns, was able to get his mother's handgun to allegedly shoot the four men.

"Your guns need to be in a gun safe, that are locked for which he does not have the combination," said attorney Bob Mongeluzzi.

The DiNardo family attorney was unavailable for comment

A similar lawsuit was filed by the family of Mark Sturgis late last year.

DiNardo, who initially confessed to the crimes, and Kratz, both pled not guilty. Their trial starts in the fall.

Attorneys say one of the reasons for doing this is in a civil case you can have depositions, which allows for more information to be learned.

The complaints also assert that before the murders, DiNardo bragged about killing people. He posted a video on Instagram depicting himself shooting an M4 Carbine assault rifle at a gun range and sent Snapchat photos pointing a laser guarded firearm at the camera.

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