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Miami building collapse: latest disaster victim identified |  US News


The remains of the latest Miami building collapse victim have been identified, his family said.

Estelle Hedaya, 54, was the latest confirmed casualty – more than a month after the disaster that left 98 people dead and became the largest unrelated hurricane emergency response in Florida.

His younger brother, Ikey Hedaya, has confirmed that his funeral will be on Tuesday.

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The remains of the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside, Florida

“She always mentioned God whenever she struggled with anything,” he said, adding that he was drawing strength from God, just as he had seen his sister do.

Since the June 24 collapse, search teams have spent weeks searching for victims, but said on Friday their search was complete.

“Today I can report, thanks to continued heroic efforts, that the last missing person has been found and identified and the family notified”, Miami– said Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

“Through these tireless efforts, we have been able to at least end all those who have reported missing loved ones.”

The cause of the collapse is still unclear, but concerns have been expressed over structural issues in the 40-year-old building in a engineering report made three years ago.

The issues described in this report are the subject of several investigations, including a grand jury investigation.

Neighboring buildings are also inspected for signs of poor construction or structural weaknesses.



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