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A makeshift memorial in Surfside, Florida, at the web site of the collapsed constructing (AFP by way of Getty Images)


Officials have confirmed the deaths of 18 people in the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida.


An additional 145 stay unaccounted for amid the rubble of the 13-story beachfront rental, which collapsed in the center of the night time on Thursday with out warning.

Among the missing are two kids of elementary faculty age, Fox News reported, and a pair who went on missionary journeys to construct bridges and church buildings.

The 11 people who’re recognized as having died in the collapse are Michael David Altman, 50, Marcus Joseph Guara, 52, Frank Kleiman, 55, Leon Oliwkowicz, 80, Luis Bermudez, 26, Anna Ortiz, 46, Christina Beatriz Elvira, 74, Antonio Lozano, 82, Gladys Lozano, 80, Manuel LaFont, 54, and Stacie Fang, 54.

Linda March

A 58-12 months-outdated legal professional who relocated from New York to Florida following an an infection from Covid final 12 months, Linda March allegedly traded the metropolis for views of the ocean earlier than Friday’s incident.

Rochelle Laufer, her finest good friend, informed the Associated Press that Linda had purchased a vibrant pink bicycle to cruise round Miami on, when she was not working from her condo.

Linda was in search of one other condo in Surfside, added Rochelle, amid complaints of noise from a building web site near Champlain Towers South. She had damaged her lease earlier than the collapse. She stays missing.

Another good friend, Dawn Falco, stated she had been speaking on the cellphone with Linda till simply two hours earlier than the constructing fell at about 1.30am on Thursday, and that her coronary heart was “breaking” from photos of Linda’s crumbled dwelling, penthouse 4.

Linda, regardless of dropping her father, sister and mom, was described as anyone who at all times smiled. She was additionally divorced, and with out kids.

“She would say to me, ‘I’m all alone. I don’t have family,’ said Rochelle, who would say to her best friend: ‘You’re my sister, you don’t have to be born sisters. And I said you always have me”.

The Patels

Bhavna Patel lived with her husband, Vishal Patel, and their one-year-old daughter at Champlain Towers South. She was also four months pregnant.

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The 38-year-old is a citizen of both the UK and US, and had lived at the condo for about two years ago, according to her niece, Sarina Patel. The family are among the 151 missing.

Rescuers at the wreckage of Champlain Towers South (AFP by way of Getty Images)

Rescuers at the wreckage of Champlain Towers South (AFP via Getty Images)

“We’re beginning to put together for the unfavorable chance, particularly as the hours move, however at the finish of the day our household could be very hopeful,” said Sarina to KABC TV. “I simply maintain praying they’ve discovered a pocket someplace the place they had been capable of search shelter and simply ready to be discovered.”

Leon Oliwkowicz and Christina Beatriz Elvira

The couple lived in an apartment on the 7th floor of the tower when it collapsed, their daughter told WPLG.

On Saturday, rescuers located the body of 80-year-old Leon Oliwkowicz and identified him on Sunday, when the body of his wife, aged 74, was located and identified by officials.

Judy Spiegel

A doting grandmother who her daughter, Rachel Spiegel, said was incredibly thoughtful, a terrible cook and “the matriarch of our family”.

Judy Spiegel treasured hosting her friends and family at her home in Champlain Towers South, and recently had gone to great lengths to find a Disney princess dress for her granddaughter after it sold out in stores in Surfside, Florida.

“She’s very considerate, she cared about the particulars,” Rachel Spiegal, who was tearful, told the Associated Press. “She was actually the matriarch of our household.”

“My mother is an unbelievable individual. She has the finest coronary heart and we want to search out her,” she stated of her 66-12 months-outdated mom.

Her favorite deal with was stated to be chocolate Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and she was additionally an advocate for Holocaust consciousness.

Elaine Sabino

A baton twirler, jazz participant and former flight attendant who was described as being extremely variety and “the ultimate hostess, on the airplane, everywhere” by her mates.

The 70-12 months-outdated lived in a penthouse on the twelfth ground of the constructing, and is amongst these missing.

A memorial wall for the missing, near Champlain Towers South (AP)

A memorial wall for the missing, close to Champlain Towers South (AP)

Her good friend, Shelly Angle, informed the Miami Herald: “The major factor people know about Elaine is, she’s at all times there to offer you a hand in every little thing you are doing”.

Douglas Berdeaux, her brother-in-regulation, informed The Washington Post that she “was worried that the ceiling was going to collapse on top of her bed,” because of construction work on the roof of Champlain Towers South.

Elaine was said to have excelled at belly dancing and playing jazz, after a career flying with US Airways and JetBlue.

Claudio and Maria Obias Bonnefoy

The couple lived on the 10th floor of Champlain Towers South and according to family, spent little time inside of the apartment before Covid. They are among the missing.

Bonnefoy, an 85-year-old lawyer, is the second cousin of former Chilean President and High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

Both Claudio and his Filipino-American wife, Maria Obias, worked for international organisations, said his daughters, Anne Marie and Pascale Bonnefoy.

Richard Augustine Crews work in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South

The 77-year-old’s daughter, Deborah Hill, was due to collect her father from Chicago airport on Friday, when he was caught in the collapse of Champlain Towers South.

She told Chicago ABC7 that she watched video footage showing his upper-floor apartment falling and disappear into a cloud of dust.

“That was pretty scary to watch,” said Deborah. “Immediately I tried to call him and his phone went straight to voicemail.”

Richard, who wanted to retie from the freight industry in the autumn, had visited his son in California and was about to see Debbie, his daughter, for the weekend in Chicago.

He and a roommate are thought to be missing,

The Moras

Juan and Ana Mora were hosting their son, Juan Mora Jr, when Champlain Towers Collapsed on Friday.

A friend of Ana’s, Jeanne Ugarte, said the duo were immigrants from Cuba and devout Catholics, and took their son and family on missionary trips to build churches and bridges on Caribbean islands.

Crews work in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South (AP)

Crews work in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South (AP)

Juan Mora Jr., who works for Morton Salt in Chicago, often hosted his parents at his home in Illinois, and would introduce friends and family to Cuban coffee and food.

“They were the kind of people that even if someone says ‘I’m not hungry,’ they would just continue to order food to make sure you had a full belly,” said a friend of Juan Jr, Matthew Kade.

Kaade, who graduated with Mora from Loyala University Chicago in 2011, said he texted this month saying he was planning to return to Chicago in early August.

“I was super excited to get him to come back,” said Kaade. He described Juan Jr., an avid Chicago Cubs fan, as genuine and someone his friends could always rely on “to be real and straight” with them.

His friends are travelling to Florida to await news.

Stacie Dawn Fang

The 54-year-old and her teenage son, Jonah Handler, were on the 10th floor of the building when it collapsed.

Rescuers pulled him out from a pile of cement, after a dog hurried to the site of Champlain Towers South, where Jonah’s hand was waving from below the wreckage. He is recovering in hospital.

Stacie Dawn Fang, 54, his mother, is among the eight confirmed to have died in the tragedy.

“There are no words to describe the tragic loss of our beloved Stacie,” members of her family said in a statement. “Many heartfelt words of encouragement and love have served as a much needed source of strength during this devastating time.”

Manuel Lafont

Manuel LaFont, 54, was a proud father, a baseball fan and a business consultant who lived on the building’s eighth floor. He had a 10-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter with his ex-wife Adriana LaFont, the Miami Herald reported.

His body was pulled from the wreckage on Friday, and was identified on Saturday.

Construction equipment is used to remove rubble (AFP via Getty Images)

Construction equipment is used to remove rubble (AFP via Getty Images)

LaFont, a Houston native, coached his son’s baseball team, the Astros, at North Shore Park, just a mile away from the Champlain. He was also a parishioner at S. Patrick Catholic Church in Miami Beach.

Antonio and Gladys Lozano

Antonio and Gladys Lozano lived on the ninth floor of Champlain Towers South, and on Saturday were confirmed among the vicitms.

The duo, aged 83 and 79, were due to celebrate the 59th wedding anniversary on 21 July and according their sons, were said to have jocked that neither wanted to die before the other, because neither wanted to live without the other.

Sergio Lozano, who lives in a tower across from his parents, said he had dinner with them hours before the collapse.

Anna Ortiz and Luis Bermudez

The bodies of Anna Ortiz, aged 46, and her 26-year-old son, Luis Bermudez, were recovered on Saturday from the wreckage of the collapsed tower.

Relatives told ABC News that their bodies were located together, and that it was agonising not knowing if the mother and suffered before they were pulled out. Their identities were confirmed by Miami-Dade officials on Sunday.

Ilan Naibryf and Deborah Berezdivin

Ilan Naibryf, 21, and his girlfriend, Deborah Berezdivin, were staying at a condo owned by her family at the time of the collapse, according to Mr Naibryf’s parents, Ronit Felszer and Carlos Naibryf.

They told CNN on Monday afternoon that they haven’t lost all hope of seeing their son again.

“We want to believe in a miracle, because we still don’t have the physical presence, in part or in whole, of our son,” Felszer informed the outlet.

“A miracle can come, yes, but we have to be very realistic,” Naibryf added.

The father stated his son was a physics main at the University of Chicago and that he “was a 21-year-old young adult. Bright. Everywhere he went, he made an impact”.

Additional reporting by Associated Press


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