KC Skywalk Disaster Anniversary/Memorial Donation

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Kansas City law firm is donating $20,000 toward a planned memorial to the 1981 Hyatt skywalk disaster.

Wednesday is the 32nd anniversary of the July 17, 1981, disaster in which skywalks at the Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed, killing 114 people and injuring more than 200.

The Kansas City Star reports the law firm of Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman is donating $20,000 to a group that's been working to build the skywalk memorial. Attorneys John Shamberg and Lynn Johnson were part of a plaintiff's committee in a lawsuit after the disaster, and Johnson was appointed as counsel for a class action on behalf of victims of the disaster.

The memorial is planned on a nearby site. Organizers say they still need to raise about $195,000 toward the needed $335,000.

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