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Attorneys for Family of 10-Year-Old Boy Killed at Water Park Say Slide Will ‘Eventually Be Torn Down’

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Attorneys for the family of Caleb Schwab, the 10-year-old boy who was killed while on the 168-foot-tall Verrückt water slide at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn Waterpark, are working to make sure the tragic accident never happens again.

“On behalf of the Schwabs, Todd Scharnhorst and I have been working in conjunction with Schlitterbahn and their attorneys in permanently decommissioning the slide and ensuring that it is eventually torn down, attorney Michael C. Rader wrote in a statement to PEOPLE. “The slide cannot be torn down until all investigations and potential civil litigation has concluded.”

On Aug. 7, Schwab died from a fatal “neck injury.” Police later acknowledged that he was decapitated in the accident.

On Nov. 22, Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts issued a statement about the incident, announcing the demolition of Verrückt, (German for “crazy” or “insane,”) the world’s tallest water slide.

“All of us at Schlitterbahn have been heartbroken over the tragedy that occurred on Verrückt. In our 50 years of providing an environment for families and friends to gather, we’ve never experienced this kind of devastating event,” the park’s statement to PEOPLE read. “The safety of our staff and our guests is our top priority. We are parents and grandparents ourselves and many of us have ridden Verrückt with our own children and grandchildren over the years it operated.”

Adding, “Once the investigation is concluded and we are given permission by the court, Verrückt will be decommissioned – closed permanently and the slide removed from the tower. In our opinion, it is the only proper course of action following this tragedy.”

At Schwab’s service on Aug. 12, friends and family came together to remember the young boy who loved baseball and being with his siblings.

His father, Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab, addressed his son’s friends and thanked them for “helping shape his character and building memories that we will cherish.”