Gorilla attack victims get settlement

June 19, 2009 7:54:21 AM PDT
The Dallas City Council is set to approve a $500,000 settlement for victims of a 2004 gorilla attack at the Dallas Zoo. The City Council, which oversees the zoo, will hold a special meeting Friday to approve the settlement to compensate the victims for physical injuries and emotional trauma.

After Jabari escaped his enclosure and went on a rampage in the zoo, police killed Jabari. Keisha Heard, Cheryl Reichert and 3-year-old Rivers Heard were injured. Heard was visiting the zoo with her niece, Rivers and his older brother. Reichert brought her three children.

State law caps civil damage awards against a city government at $500,000. A judge this week oversaw a process to split the money between Reichert, her three children, Heard, her two children and her niece.

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