Miami-Dade Police released the names of eight of the nine people killed in the partial collapse of an apartment building in the coastal city of Surfside, the debris of which rescue teams are still searching for more than 150 missing.
Most of the names of the fatalities in the tragedy that occurred in Champlain Towers on the morning of June 24 are Hispanic.
People from various countries lived or were temporarily housed in the Champlain Towers South building, including Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela.RELATED
The first fatality to be identified was 54-year-old Stacie Dawn Fang. His 15-year-old son, Jonah Handler, was pulled alive from the wreckage of the building and is recovering from his injuries at a hospital.
Later, Antonio and Gladys Lozano, 83 and 79 years old, and Manuel LaFont, 54 years old, were identified.
On Sunday, Leon Oliwkowicz, 80, Luis Bermúdez, 26, Ana Ortiz, 46, and Christina Beatriz Elvira, 74, were identified.
The mayor of Miami-Dade, Daniella Levine Cava, recommended to all the people who miss a relative who is a resident or temporarily housed in the Champlain Towers building on the day of the collapse to go to the police station to report their disappearance and leave take DNA samples to facilitate identification.
Until this Sunday, nine people had died as a result of the collapse and there were 152 missing and 134 people located.
For reasons not yet determined, the northeast wing of the Champlain Towers building, inaugurated in 1981 and with a total of 136 apartments, collapsed in seconds at 1.30 am (6.30 GMT) on Thursday, June 24, when its inhabitants they slept.
Nancy Kress Levin. (Supplied)
Frankie Kleiman and Jay Kleiman. (Supplied)
Luis Bermúdez and his mother Ana Ortiz. According to Local 10 News (Miami), Bermúdez has muscular dystrophy. (Supplied)
Deborah Berezdivin. In the image she appears with her boyfriend Ilan Naibryf, also missing. (Supplied)
Rescue personnel have not stopped their efforts to find survivors in the rubble. (David Santiago)
Part of the Champlain Towers condo did not collapse. On that side you can see beds, chairs, air conditioners and other items. (The Associated Press)
The building partially collapsed during the early morning hours of June 24, 2021. (Amy Beth Bennett)
The area outlined in blue is the area that collapsed. (GFR Average)
More than 100 people are missing after the incident. (The Associated Press)
The building is located in front of the ocean in Surfside, a town near Miami Beach. (The Associated Press)
A few hours later the first fatality was confirmed, a person who was pulled alive from the rubble and died in hospital.
The search for survivors who take turns carrying out a hundred rescuers in the mountain of rubble that the 55 collapsed apartments were converted will continue, said Levine Cava, and the numbers will continue to change in a “fluid” way.
In addition to bodies, rescuers have found human remains that forensics are trying to identify.
This Sunday, the families of the confirmed victims and missing persons had the opportunity to visit the place where rescuers work and pray for them and their loved ones.
The damaged building and its surroundings are cordoned off by the police and only rescuers and other people with tasks in “ground zero” are allowed to pass.