Among the nine victims of a Miami condo collapse are two Puerto Ricans: Anna Ortiz, 46, and her 26-year-old son Luis Bermúdez.
The information was confirmed by the Miami-Dade Police through their social networks. The bodies of both were recovered yesterday, Saturday.
#UPDATE 29: We have identified four additional victims that sadly and unexpectedly lost their lives in the tragic Surfside building collapse. Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/MKKgXymIuMRELATED
– Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) June 28, 2021
The young man’s father, Luis Didi Bermúdez wrote on his Facebook profile that “Papa Dios decided that he wanted one more angel in heaven. I still do not believe it. I LOVE you and will love you forever ”.
Champlain Towers South collapsed on Thursday and about 150 people are still missing, including brothers Jay and Frankie Kleiman, as well as their mother Nancy Kress Levin, all prominent merchants on the island. Also, Deborah Berezdivin, a cousin of the Kleiman brothers, along with her boyfriend, Ian Naibryf, a member of the Jewish community.
Ortiz was a partner of Frankie Kleiman.
Today, Sunday, it emerged that nearly three years before the building collapsed, an engineering firm estimated that the major repairs needed to the structure would cost more than $ 9 million, according to recently released emails.
Deborah Berezdivin, who is among the missing persons, with her boyfriend in an image shared by the family. (Supplied)
Jay Kleiman and Frankie Kleiman. (Supplied)
Nancy Kress Levin. (Supplied)
Luis Bermúdez and his mother Ana Ortiz. According to Local 10 News (Miami), Bermúdez has muscular dystrophy. (Supplied)
The Champlain Towers South condo partially collapsed around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Since then, dozens of rescuers have searched the rubble for people. (The Associated Press)
Google Maps screenshot of the Champlain Towers condominium, in Surfside Miami. The framed area is the one that collapsed in the early morning of June 24. (GFR Average)
Articles, air conditioning consoles and beds are exposed after the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo in Miami. (The Associated Press)
A Miami-Dade Fire Department helicopter flies over the area where the condominium that partially collapsed this morning is located. (The Associated Press)
Citizens waiting for news of their loved ones were placed in nearby shelters. (Lynne Sladky)
People observe the damage. (Susan Stocker)
The 2018 email from the firm Morabito Consultants was among a series of documents released by the city of Surfside as rescue efforts and the search for more than 150 missing persons continue. As of Sunday, authorities had confirmed nine dead.
Another signature document showed that the pool deck on the building’s ground floor rested on a concrete slab that had “significant structural damage” and was in need of extensive repair. That report also discovered “abundant cracks and chipping” of concrete columns, beams and walls in the parking lot.
The report did not warn of the imminent danger of damage, and it is also unclear whether this was the cause of the collapse.
Meanwhile, rescuers searching the rubble tried to assure family members that they are doing everything possible to find their loved ones, but noted that they need to move carefully to have the best chance of finding survivors.
No one has been rescued alive from the rubble since Thursday, hours after the collapse. Some of the relatives were taken by bus to a place near the rubble after some, frustrated with the speed of the rescue efforts, demanded to visit the place.