(SURFSIDE, Fla.) – From the mother of a teenager rescued from the rubble to a couple married for 59 years, more and more information is emerging about the victims of a partial building collapse in Surfside, Fla.
At least 12 people have been confirmed dead and 149 more have been missing since Champlain Towers South, a 12-story beachfront condominium, partially collapsed before dawn last Thursday. A massive search and rescue mission is still underway as authorities hope more survivors are found in the wreckage.
Local police and relatives have identified several of the victims.
Stacie Dawn Fang, 54
Stacie Dawn Fang, who lived in apartment # 1002 of the South Champlain Towers, was the first victim identified in the tragedy.
The 54-year-old mother and 15-year-old son Jonah Handler were both raised alive from the rubble just hours after the partial collapse. A man walking his dog near the scene spotted Handler in the debris and alerted first responders.
“We could hear someone screaming, screaming, making noise,” Nicholas Balboa told ABC News. “He was putting his hands through the rubble, saying, ‘Don’t leave me, don’t leave me.’ That’s when I signaled the firefighters to come here.
The mother and son were taken to a local hospital, where Fang later died. His identity was released by the Miami-Dade Police Department on Saturday.
“There are no words to describe the tragic loss of our beloved Stacie,” Fang’s family told ABC News in a statement. “The members of the Fang and Handler family would like to express our deep gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy, compassion and support we have received. The many sincere words of encouragement and love have been a much needed source of strength during this devastating time. On behalf of Stacie’s son, Jonah, we now ask that you respect our privacy to cry and try to help each other heal.
Antonio and Gladys Lozano, 83 and 79 years old
The body of Antonio Lozano, 83, was found in the wreckage on Thursday by first responders, while the body of his 79-year-old wife Gladys Lozano was found on Friday. The couple lived in apartment 903 at Tours Champlain Sud. Their identities were released Saturday by the Miami-Dade Police Department.
According to the couple’s grandson Brian Lozano, Antonio and Gladys Lozano had been married for 59 years and were still arguing over who would die first.
“It’s tragic but it’s oddly disturbing that I have peace in the knowledge that they would constantly play at arguing over who would come first,” Brian Lozano told ABC News in a statement. “But in the end… they both got what they both wanted. Each other.”
“Both were strong donors to non-profit organizations, especially for cancer, because my grandmother lost her mother to the disease,” he added. “Always listening to anyone in need or just to make someone smile. Their souls were truly beautiful and are now blessed.
The couple’s son, Sergio Lozano, said he lived in the tower opposite his parents and had dinner with them the day before the deadly disaster. He said he heard a rumble around 1 a.m. local time and got up from bed to look out on his unit’s balcony.
“I say [my wife], ‘It’s not there,’ ”Sergio Lozano told WPLG-TV, a Miami ABC affiliate. “And she screams, ‘What do you mean?’ “My parents’ apartment isn’t there, it’s gone!” And I just ran downstairs.
Manuel LaFont, 54 years old
Manuel LaFont’s body was recovered from the wreckage by first responders on Friday and identified by the Miami-Dade Police Department on Saturday. The 54-year-old lived in apartment 804 at Tours Champlain Sud.
LaFont shared two children with his ex-wife, a 13-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. LaFont’s ex-wife Adriana LaFont said she picked up the children from her apartment on Wednesday night, just hours before the collapse.
Leon Oliwkowicz and Christina Beatriz Elvira, 80 and 74 years old
The body of Leon Oliwkowicz, 80, was recovered from the wreckage by first responders on Saturday and identified by the Miami-Dade Police Department on Sunday. The body of his 74-year-old wife, Christina Beatriz Elvira, was found and identified on Sunday.
The couple lived in apartment # 704 in the South Champlain Towers, their daughter told WPLG.
Anna Ortiz and Luis Bermudez, 46 and 26 years old
The bodies of Anna Ortiz, 46, and her 26-year-old son Luis Bermudez were recovered from the wreckage by first responders on Saturday and identified by the Miami-Dade Police Department on Sunday.
Their family told ABC News the mother and son were found together and they were certain she ran to be by his side, saying she was “always his protector.”
Anna Ortiz’s sister, Nicole Ortiz, said it was scary not knowing if her loved ones were still trapped and in pain.
“I wasn’t sure. Are they alive or dead? Now I know they’re okay, ”Nicole Ortiz told ABC News.
Anna Ortiz’s mother, Josefina Enriquez, said she was a wonderful mom.
“It’s tough. I know it will take time,” Josefina Enriquez told ABC News. “I know she left with her son, and they have had a wonderful and amazing life.”
“These are the memories that will stay,” she added. “Their love for each other – that’s what I’m leaving with.”
Two other relatives who were in the apartment at the time of the partial collapse are still missing, according to the family.
Frank Kleiman, 55
Frank Kleiman’s body was recovered from the wreckage by first responders and identified by the Miami-Dade Police Department on Monday. He was 55 years old.
Kleiman had just married Anna Ortiz and they were living with his son, Luis Bermudez, in the Champlain South Towers.
Marcus Joseph Guara, 52 years old
The body of Marcus Joseph Guara, 52, was recovered from the wreckage by first responders on Saturday and identified by the Miami-Dade Police Department on Monday.
Guara lived in the South Champlain Towers with his 41-year-old wife, Ana, and their two daughters, Lucia, 11, and Emma, 4. They are still missing, according to the WPLG.
Michael David Altman, 50
The body of Michael David Altman was recovered from the wreckage by first responders and identified by the Miami-Dade Police Department on Monday. He was 50 years old.
Altman lived in apartment # 1101 in the South Champlain Towers, according to WPLG.
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