Memorial dedicated to 114 victims who died in Hyatt skywalk collapse

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February 07 2021 05:30 pm
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A memorial was dedicated Thursday to the victims of the Hyatt skywalk collapse that happened 34 years ago.

The memorial is located at 22nd and Gillham across from the former Hyatt Regency hotel.

The memorial is not only dedicated to the 114 victims who died but also to the people who spent 14 hours rescuing survivors and also to the families who lost their loved ones.

The sculpture is called "Sending Love.”

On the base of the sculpture are the names of the people who died on July 17, 1981 after two elevated walkways crashed down onto each other.

There were 1,600 people at the Summer Tea Dance.

Investigators found the suspension system was flawed. The engineering firm who designed the walkways lost their license. No criminal charges were filed.

The memorial has been at least ten years in the making with donations of $450,000.

The artist of “Sending Love" has a connection to the tragedy. Her 5th grade art teacher was injured in the collapse.

During the dedication the names of all the victims were read. Some family members of victims also spoke. Officials including mayor Sly James were in attendance.

"We're here today because those events have touched all of us in one way or another," Brent Wright with the Skywalk Memorial Foundation said. "We are members of the club that none of us wished to join. These are the ties that bind us together forever."

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