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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 1998 1:00 am | Updated: 4:00 pm, Mon Apr 21, 2014.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The parents of a slain security guard have sued Chicago-based Sears and the owner of an Arkansas mall for failing to provide their daughter with a safe working environment.

Jay and Cheri Lyn White of California filed the lawsuit Friday in federal court, seeking an unspecified amount of money for mental anguish, loss of companionship, financial contributions and funeral expenses.

Their daughter, Laurie Ann White, 26, was raped and killed June 5, 1997, while guarding an outdoor display at the Sears store in the parking lot of the North Little Rock, Ark., mall.

Raymond Engram, a 43-year-old ex-convict, is awaiting trial in the case.

The lawsuit claims that Sears failed to provide Ms. White with a communication device, access to the store in case of danger, surveillance equipment in the area where she was killed and a backup security guard.

The lawsuit alleges that the Simon Debartolo Group Inc., which owns the mall, also failed to provide adequate security in the parking lot.

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