Mother of Surfside building collapse victim lashes out at DeSantis for not ‘doing enough’
Gov. Ron DeSantis was standing in a large room at the Grand Beach Hotel Surfside on Saturday when an official said search-and-rescue teams had found human remains. A group of relatives started sobbing.
A distraught mother stood up in front of a group of relatives and she faced the group of officials. Crews have been working overnight, through the rain, and even at the risk of being trapped in one of the many spontaneous fires.
Facing the pancaked concrete in front of an unstable structure has been a tedious and delicate process for a team of experts. And the last few days, have been an excruciatingly agonizing wait for the families of the victims.
“It’s not enough,” a distraught mother told DeSantis. “Imagine if your children were in there. You are going to leave here and you are going to take a nice picture. I know you are doing everything you can, but it’s not enough.”
The families’ nightmare began after the northern section of the 12-story Champlain Towers South crumbled shortly before 2 a.m. on Thursday at 8777 Collins Ave. Magally Ramsey’s mother, Magally Delgado, 80, lived on the 9th floor.
“It’s really difficult for some families regardless to hear that because people want to start understanding where those victims are regardless of what that outcome is,” Ramsey said, adding that she hasn’t lost hope that there could be “a miracle.”
Workers search in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. One hundred fifty-nine people were still unaccounted for two days after Thursday’s collapse, which killed at least four. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Gerald Herbert/)
On Saturday evening, the Miami-Dade Police Department released the identities of four of the five people who officials confirmed died after the building collapse. They were Stacie Dawn Fang, 54, Antonio Lozano, 83, Gladys Lozano, 79, and Manuel “Manny” LaFont, 54.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said there were still 156 people who were unaccounted for.
The death toll will continue to rise. Search-and-rescue teams found a body and human remains in the rubble on Saturday, and the Medical Examiner’s Office had yet to identify them when the police made the announcement.
Rescue workers search the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condominium, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in the Surfside area of Miami. The building partially collapsed on Thursday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/)
Family reunification center
The town is hosting those who are waiting for information about unaccounted relatives at the Grand Beach Hotel Surfside, at 9449 Collins Ave. Levine Cava said there are two daily briefings for relatives.
For information or to report the status of a loved one who is unaccounted for, call 305-614-1819 or 305-993-1071.
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A crane works at the site of the Champlain Towers South Condo building, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in the Surfside area of Miami. The apartment building partially collapsed on Thursday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/)
Coverage on Saturday
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Coverage on Friday
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Coverage on Thursday
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