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LONDON – Liverpool is commemorating the deaths of 96 soccer fans crushed to death in a crowded stadium in 1989 after a jury found that blunders by police and emergency services contributed to their deaths.
The names and ages of the victims will be read outside St George's Hall in Liverpool city center on Wednesday. Families who fought for justice for years say were vindicated by the jury, which said Tuesday that the behavior of the crowd did not contribute to the tragedy at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England.
The original inquest in 1991 recorded verdicts of accidental death. Those verdicts were overturned in 2012 after a far-reaching inquiry into the disaster examined previously secret documents and exposed wrongdoing and mistakes by police.