Funerals for 7 victims of building collapse held in Miami Beach, Surfside, New York
The grief-stricken relatives of seven victims of the June 24th building collapse in Surfside attended funeral services Tuesday at two Catholic churches in Miami-Dade County and at a synagogue in New York City.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Jeanette Marie Nuñez, the lieutenant governor of Florida, attended the service for Hilda Noriega Tuesday morning in Miami Beach. There was a procession with uniformed motormen.
The service for Noriega, the mother of North Bay Village Police Chief Carlos Noriega, was held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, a parish south of Surfside in Miami Beach. The matriarch of the Noriega family was 92 and an active member of her church.
Crews recovered her body out of the rubble on June 30. Her loved ones believe she left them a spiritual message of hope. While exploring the area where a section of the 12-story building turned into a mountain of pancaked concrete, her son, Carlos Noriega, and grandson, Mike Noriega, recovered a birthday card. She had recently received it from members of her prayer group.
Anaely Rodriguez, Marcus Guara, Lucia Guara, and Emma Guara were victims of the Champlain Towers South collapse in Surfside.
The service for Anaely Rodriguez, 42, her husband Marcus Guara, 52, and their daughters 11-year-old Lucia and 4-year-old Emma was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, a parish in Surfside.
Rescuers recovered Guara’s body on June 26. That day the Archdiocese of Miami received a message from Pope Francis offering prayers “that Almighty God will grant eternal peace to those who have died, comfort to those who mourn their loss, and strength to all those affected.”
Rescuers recovered the bodies of Rodriguez, Lucia, and Emma on June 30. On Tuesday, the girls’ bodies were in one white casket that was adorned with pink and purple bows. A relative said he believed God had blessed Rodriguez and Guara to not have to live with the pain of their daughters’ death.
The sadness of the tragedy in Surfside also reached Brooklyn, New York, and Sydney, Australia.
Tzvi Ainsworth, 68, and Itty Ainsworth, 66, former residents of Sydney, were expecting a granddaughter. She was born on the day of the building collapse. Crews recovered the couple’s bodies on Monday.
Tzvi Ainsworth, 68, and Itty Ainsworth, 66, were victims of the Champlain Towers South collapse in Surfside.
On Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of members of the Orthodox Jewish community lined up to pay their respects to the Ainsworths during a procession in New York.
There was a service at Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn and interment was at the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens.
The Orthodox Jewish community in New York lined up Tuesday afternoon on the side of a street to pay their respects to two of the victims of the Surfside building collapse.
The official death toll of the building collapse was at 32 and 113 remained unaccounted for on Tuesday afternoon.
Rescue workers move a stretcher containing recovered remains at the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building, Monday, July 5, 2021 in Surfside, Fla. The remaining structure was demolished Sunday, which partially collapsed June 24. Many people remain unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/)HOW TO HELP: Here’s a list of resources to support those impacted by building collapse More about the victims identified Photos: Loved ones name those they say are missing Photos: Search-and-rescue teams in action Hotline and wellness form for residents and families
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Coverage of July 5
Rescue workers handle a tarp containing recovered remains at the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building, Monday, July 5, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. The remaining structure was demolished Sunday, which partially collapsed June 24. Many people remain unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/)Additional 3 bodies recovered overnight in Surfside, bringing death toll to 27Tale of rescue after falling several floors in Surfside collapseIdentifying the remains a burdensome task in condo collapseCondo demolition opens up fresh rubble in collapse searchMayor: Crews did everything possible to find missing pets
Coverage on July 4
FILE – In this late Sunday, July 4, 2021, file photo, the remaining structure of the Champlain Towers South condo building is demolished more than a week after it partially collapsed, in Surfside, Fla. Even as the search continues over a week later for signs of life in the mangled debris, the process of seeking answers about why it happened and who is to blame is already underway in Florida’s legal system. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Lynne Sladky/)Demolition at site of Surfside building collapse could happen before Tropical Storm Elsa’s impactSurfside building collapse: Engineers prepare for demolition; search for 121 suspendedIsraeli Col. Golan Vach no longer believes there are Surfside building collapse survivors under rubbleSurfside responds to issue of delayed building repairsMiami Beach residents, first responders shine light to honor Surfside victims
Coverage on July 3
In this satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies heavy-lift cranes are used to aid in the search and recovery operation at the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building on Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (Maxar Technologies via AP) (Uncredited/)Crews on lookout for pets in Florida condo building collapseRemaining structure at Surfside building collapse site will be demolishedSurfside search suspended as crew prepares for the demolition of the remainder of the buildingDemolition preparations begin at condo with storm looming
Coverage on July 2
FILE – In this Friday, July 2, 2021, file photo, search and rescue personnel remove remains on a stretcher as they work atop the rubble of the Champlain Tower South complex in Surfside, Fla. Nobody has been found alive since the first hours of the June 24 disaster that killed at least 27 people in the town of Surfside, so updating the families has so far been a matter of delivering bad news. And what crews are finding is often not intact. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) (Mark Humphrey/)Miami firefighter’s daughter killed in Surfside building collapse identified as Stella CattarossiSearch-and-rescue team at Surfside building collapse site finds firefighter’s daughter deadNorth Miami Beach condo ordered shut, 300 residents need to leave immediately, city saysSurfside police officers speak about initial moments after responding to collapseBiden has busy day following visit to Surfside
Coverage on July 1
FILE – In this July 1, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit the Surfside Wall of Hope & Memorial in Surfside, Fla., for the people missing after the condo tower that collapsed earlier in the week. The Bidens spent the day meeting with first responders, local and government officials and visiting with families who have been impacted by the collapse. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (Susan Walsh/)Biden in Surfside: We’ll ‘pick up 100% of the cost’ ‘Waiting is unbearable’: Biden consoles Surfside families Death toll rises to 18 in Surfside, rescue crews pause operations due to safety concerns relating to standing structure Photographer, daughter and three other family members all missing in collapse Video shows grim reality of what rescuers are seeing at Surfside collapse site Safety concerns halt rescue efforts at condo collapse site Dispatch calls: ‘She’s stuck in between 2 beds,’ but responders couldn’t get to Surfside victim
Coverage on June 30
Search and rescue personnel work atop the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building, where scores of people remain missing almost a week after it partially collapsed, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/)Beloved ‘Dos Elenas’ legacy after Surfside tragedy will be legal reform Family of 4 confirmed to be among victims of Surfside building collapse Death toll rises in Surfside; more than 140 unaccounted for Rubble from Surfside condo brought to grassy field in Golden Glades’Ex-official who said Surfside condo was sound leaves new job Nonstop search efforts at Surfside building collapse site can take its toll on rescue workers Missing woman made phone call to her husband as Surfside condo collapsed Mother of North Bay Village police chief confirmed dead following Surfside collapse Remarkable stories of Surfside condo residents who survived by chance Family of missing woman files wrongful death lawsuit against Champlain Towers South Condo Association
Coverage on June 29
Search and rescue workers comb the rubble of an oceanfront condo building that collapsed, with many dead and unaccounted for, in Surfside, Fla., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Gerald Herbert/)‘Something inside me said run’: Surfside survivor describes escaping as building came down Surfside resident lucky to be alive after spending night with girlfriend Champlain condo associations try to appease sister towers residents, speed up repairs Condominium law experts say tragedy will prompt more accountability Miami-Dade building audit already spotting issues Army of volunteers showers first responders with food, water Rescuers battle obstacles during their search in Surfside Recently married lawyer and husband missing in collapse Renowned civil engineer hired to investigate Families of Surfside victims keep hope alive by visiting condo and unifying in Bal Harbour Prosecutors will ask grand jury to probe building collapse ‘Our backyard’: Tragedy strikes home for Miami-Dade rescuers Biden to visit Florida building collapse on Thursday In collapsed building’s twin, most residents are staying put Surfside realtor says deadly building collapse ‘hasn’t slowed down the demand’ on beachside condos Beachside vigil held for victims and families of Surfside building collapse
Coverage on June 28
FILE – In this June 28, 2021, file photo, workers search the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo in Surfside, Fla. Search and rescue teams from Miami-Dade have been described as among the best and most experienced in the world. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Lynne Sladky/)Another body pulled from rubble in Surfside, bringing the total confirmed dead to 10 Residential property audit announced by Miami-Dade mayor already underway Buses take loved ones of missing Surfside residents to collapse site 8 victims now identified following Surfside building collapse 88-year-old Surfside condo survivor remembers those who helped her to safety ‘Don’t give up hope,’ local leaders tell families of Surfside missing Watch out for Surfside charity scams and price gouging Despite warning, town deemed condo building in ‘good shape’ Mayor: Child alone outside collapse site brings tragedy home Who are they? Stories of the victims of Surfside collapse What caused Surfside collapse? Engineer offers insight ‘I will miss you all my life:’ Father pens beautiful note to late son who died in the Surfside condo collapse Memorials grow in Surfside as desperate search for victims continues into fifth day Surfside collapse is ‘wake-up call,’ DeSantis says as questions remain about cause of devastating collapse
Coverage on June 27
This aerial image shows an oceanfront condo building that partially collapsed three days earlier, resulting in fatalities and many people still unaccounted for, in Surfside, Fla., Sunday, June 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Gerald Herbert/)State fire marshal provides insight into efforts to locate victims while fighting fire Team of national scientists to visit Surfside collapse site Teams use sonar devices, lasers to aid in Surfside rescue Several families belonging to Miami Beach church remain missing, parishioners gather to pray and hope Neighboring residents express concern as investigation into Champlain Towers South collapse continues Buses take loved ones of missing Surfside residents to collapse site Remembering the dead and missing Search-and-rescue teams tunnel through pancaked concrete 3 days after building collapse
Coverage on June 26
FILE – In this Saturday, June 26, 2021, file photo, rescue workers search in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo, in Surfside, Fla. Even as the search continues over a week later for signs of life in the mangled debris of the fallen Champlain Towers South, the process of seeking answers about why it happened and who is to blame is already underway in Florida’s legal system. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) (Gerald Herbert/)Relative of Surfside building collapse victim lashes out at DeSantis for not ‘doing enough’ Surfside building collapse: Four out of 5 dead identified; 156 remain unaccounted for Missing grandparents’ landline calling from Champlain Towers South condo, family says Surfside tower had ‘major structural damage’ — but enough to cause a collapse? North Bay Village police chief’s mother has been unaccounted for since Surfside building collapse ‘The hope is that there are going to be miracles,’ relative of Surfside building collapse victims says Fire burning beneath rubble of collapsed Surfside condo hindering rescue efforts Surfside building collapse first responders having difficulty locating victims in massive debris pile Miami-Dade Mayor: ‘I’m hopeful this will be the day we have a breakthrough’ Surfside mayor expresses concern over Champlain South’s identical sister building Traffic changes in Surfside area as rescue efforts continue following deadly building collapse
Coverage on June 25
FILE – In this Friday, June 25, 2021, file photo, rescue personnel work in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo, in Surfside, Fla. Even as the search continues over a week later for signs of life in the mangled debris of the fallen Champlain Towers South, the process of seeking answers about why it happened and who is to blame is already underway in Florida’s legal system. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) (Gerald Herbert/)Champlain Towers South resident survives by climbing through rubble in the dark with her dog Teen identified after being pulled from rubble in Surfside, family confirms mother is among those dead Man who lives in condo looks out, tells wife ‘My parents’ apartment isn’t there’ Surfside collapse: Family reunification center moving from community space to hotel First lawsuit filed after partial building collapse in Surfside Smoke billows out from Champlain Towers South collapse site Surfside officials discuss aftermath of building collapse: ‘Terrible tragedy’ to change recertification Israel sends help to Surfside’s Jewish community Amid anguish after building collapse, memorial, prayer circle help some cope with Surfside tragedy
Coverage on June 24
This photo taken from video provided by ReliableNewsMedia firefighters rescue a survivor from the rubble of the Champlain Towers South Condo after the multistory building partially collapsed in Surfside, Fla., early Thursday, June 24, 2021. (ReliableNewsMedia via AP). (Uncredited/)Officials fear there will be many casualties after Surfside building ‘pancaked’ during collapse Surveillance video captures eerie moments as part of Surfside condo crashes down Man says all he saw was ‘white clouds of dust’ Father remains missing; wife and daughter hospitalized after Surfside building collapse Surfside condo that collapsed was going through a recertification process After Surfside collapse do you need to worry about your building? Officials fear there will be many casualties after Surfside building ‘pancaked’ during collapse Geologist warned of instability in SurfsideRead More