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Miami-Dade mayor says 16 now confirmed dead from Surfside collapse

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Rev. Juan Sosa of St. Joseph (*16*) Church advised CNN about 20 to 25 of his parishioners are unaccounted for after the Champlain Towers South collapsed final Thursday. The parish is barely a 5 minute stroll from the constructing.

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Sosa stated he shared many milestones with victims of the collapse. In explicit, the pastor labored carefully with Marcus Guara, a parishioner who has been discovered dead. Sosa baptized Guara’s daughter, Emma Guara, and helped his different daughter, Lucia Guara, together with her first communion. The two daughters and their mom are nonetheless unaccounted for.

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Sosa additionally stated Hilda Noriega, the twelfth sufferer discovered dead after the collapse, was an in depth member of his parish.

“I did conduct the funeral of her husband years ago. And now her son just called me this morning about the funeral that will be prepared,” the pastor stated.

Throughout the previous week, Sosa has offered assist to the Surfside group. On Sunday, the pastor created a remembrance binder, itemizing the names of parishioners who’re unaccounted for. Sosa advised CNN he then invited the group so as to add the names of different victims, no matter their non secular affiliation.

“So we have a little symbol – the Paschal Candle that is lit all day until the evening that represents the resurrection of Christ for us and that we receive a baptism, as well as the flowers,” Sosa stated.

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