Victim's family sues hotel chains over slaying

COLUMBIA | The Marriott and Choice International hotel chains face a lawsuit from the children of a Columbia hotel manager shot to death days after another employee was raped.

Fifty-five-year-old Cynthia White was working alone on the overnight shift at a Comfort Inn last November when 22-year-old Dwight Hayes entered the hotel and shot her in the head. Nine days earlier, another clerk was raped at the hotel, which was then a Fairfield Inn.

White's three children filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in July. They claim the hotel failed to increase security measures after the first attack.

The hotel's owner said surveillance cameras were installed soon after White's death.

Hayes was convicted in June in White's slaying and the earlier robbery and rape. He's also a defendant in the wrongful-death lawsuit.