Owners of trashed motel hope teens will pay up

Maryanne Firth, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:16 PM ET

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Owners of the Niagara Falls motel that a teen party trashed last Friday are hoping to settle the matter out of court.

But first those people responsible for the damage need to step forward and claim responsibility.

Notre Dame College School students booked 35 rooms at the Avenue Inn on Lundy's Lane to party after their school's semiformal dance, which was held nearby at the Americana resort.

The party, which is said to have involved not only Notre Dame students but also other area high schoolers and even graduates, ended in the trashing of 22 of those rooms.

The damage was extensive — gaping holes in the drywall, ductwork torn from ceilings and sinks ripped from walls. Discarded condoms and broken beer and liquor bottles were strewn about the floors.

Harry Liu, son of motel owner David Linqi Liu, said his family has yet to make a decision about whether they will take legal action.

They planned to meet with a lawyer Friday afternoon to discuss their options.

He hopes the students responsible for the damage will come forward so the issue can be discussed and resolved out of court.

"We just want to get the hotel fixed up," Liu said.

A few students who attended the party — but said they didn't do the damage — came to the motel and offered to assist with cleaning, Liu said.

Despite the offer, there are liability issues with having the students on site to assist with the cleanup. It's a situation the Liu family will also be discussing with their lawyer.

"It's been devastating for my parents," Liu said, adding his family has spent a significant amount of money on renovations at the motel since taking over in March.

The business was to be his parents' retirement project.

Police were at the motel on Wednesday and Thursday to collect the contracts between the room-renters and the motel, and information on how each room was paid for, Liu said.

A photographer was also on site taking photos of the damage to be reviewed in a forensics lab, he added.

"We continue to investigate the matter," said police spokesman Sal Basilone.

"If criminal charges are warranted based on the investigation, we will lay them."


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