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Family calls The Boss

Jessica Cuffman • May 17, 2013 at 7:08 AM

The Jacob Limberios family has launched another campaign to bring attention to their cause.

And what would draw more attention than a special visit from The Boss?

In an email to media in this region, Limberios family attorney Dan McGookey put out a call to action to bring Bruce Springsteen to come to Ohio for a benefit concert.

McGookey represents Jacob’s parents, Mike and Shannon Limberios. Jacob, 19, was shot and killed in a Sandusky County home on March 2, 2012. 

Sandusky County officials ruled his death an accidental suicide, but the Limberios family refused to accept the ruling. Months after Jacob’s burial, the family exhumed his body for an autopsy, and an independent forensic pathologist determined the cause of death was homicide.

The family has since been battling with county officials, filing a lawsuit against the county in hopes of getting them to re-examine the case.     

The campaign to bring Springsteen to Ohio comes as one of many efforts the family has made to draw national attention to the case. 

Internet supergroup Anonymous promoted the cause with a social media movement in recent weeks, although on Monday the group said it was ending its effort because a “third party” was complicating the case.

The idea to reach out to rock star Springsteen came when Shannon Limberios told McGookey that Springsteen is her favorite performer. She has been to 60 of his concerts and met him a few times — a middle-of-the-pack record considering other fans have been to hundreds of his concerts.

Still, the Limberios family and their friends are hoping The Boss will donate his time for a benefit concert. It wouldn’t be just about helping the family, McGookey said.

“(It) would serve an even larger cause — exposing a fundamental breakdown in the American justice system, a system which allows local authorities to control, without restraint, meting out justice, or refusing to do so, within its borders,” he said.

Attempts to reach publicists for Springsteen were unsuccessful Thursday.

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