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KC Skywalk Disaster Memorial Receives Donation

skywalkmemorial closeupAn artist's rendering of the proposed memorial site (image credit: Bowman Bowman Novick, Inc.)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City law firm is donating $20,000 toward a planned memorial to victims of 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 that 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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