Collapsed Building: Bodies of three relatives of the Paraguayan first lady found

The tragedy of the collapsed building in Miami continues. Authorities confirmed the identity of three more bodies found in the demolished...

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  • The tragedy of the collapsed building in Miami continues.
  • Authorities confirmed the identity of three more bodies found in the demolished building.
  • Dozens of people are still missing.

The tragedy is not over yet in Florida. Authorities confirmed the discovery of the bodies of three Hispanics in the demolished building in Miami, who were relatives of Paraguay’s first lady.

The Efe news agency, Fox News and the Paraguayan channel Telefuturo are some of the media that have reported the discovery of the three Latino victims, among them the sister-in-law of the President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez.

They find bodies of three Paraguayans in a demolished building (click on the image to watch the video)

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Screenshot of the Telefuturo video

Efe indicated that the Paraguayan government confirmed on Thursday the recovery of “the bodies of three fellow nationals,” of the six who were buried in the rubble of the building collapsed on June 24 and later demolished in Miami-Dade, including that of the sister. of the first lady of that country.

The news agency explained that although the Foreign Ministry statement did not include the names of the three deceased, Foreign Minister Euclides Acevedo did mention hours before, in statements to local media, that they were Sophía López Moreira, the sister of the first lady Silvana López. Moreira, her husband Luis Pettengill and their youngest son, apparently 2 years old.

They announced “with deep pain” the finding of three other victims in a demolished building

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The Ministry of Foreign Relations announced the news “with deep pain” and expressed “its regret and heartfelt condolences to the Pettengill and López Moreira families,” according to the report published by Efe on Thursday.

According to the aforementioned information agency, in the Champlain Towers South building, where the couple had an apartment, there were also two other daughters of the couple that night and Lady Luna Villalba, a 23-year-old girl who traveled as the family’s nanny. whose bodies have not yet been located.

Support for relatives of victims

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Photo: Getty Images

“The National Chancellery will continue to provide support to the Luna Villalba, López Moreira and Pettengill families in these difficult circumstances, in the process of recovering their loved ones,” added the statement quoted by Efe verbatim.

On Thursday, June 24, after hearing the news of the collapse, the president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, suspended his schedule and stayed at the presidential residence of Mburuvicha Roga for the rest of the week, Efe detailed.

Relatives traveled to Miami

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First lady Silvana López Moreira traveled with other family members to Miami to follow the rescue tasks from the site of the tragedy, as did members of the Pettengill family, said the aforementioned news agency.

Last weekend, Lady Luna Villalba’s mother and cousin also flew to Miami, the Foreign Ministry reported on that date. The death toll in the collapsed and later demolished building in Miami-Dade, in southeastern Florida, stands at 64, after just over two weeks after the collapse occurred, official figures cited by Efe reported.

They no longer expect to find anyone alive in a demolished building

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Photo: Getty Images

In an evening press conference on Thursday cited by Efe, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava reported that so far there are 76 people missing due to the partial collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South building in the town. Surfside, while the number of localized residents stands at 200.

Also on Thursday, Efe said, authorities in Miami-Dade County, Florida, announced the “difficult decision” to move from the search and rescue phase to the “body recovery” stage, which implied that they do not hope to locate anyone alive in the rubble.

“Too harsh, I can’t speak”

"Too harsh, I can't speak". Mother of young Paraguayan missing in landslide manages to reach Miami
Photo: Instagram

“Too harsh, I can’t speak.” The Mommy of the young Paraguayan woman who disappeared in the collapse of the building Champlain Towers South made it to Miami. Dozens of families are experiencing a painful tragedy, among them is Juana Villalba, mother of Lady Luna Villalba, one of the missing persons.

Lady Luna, a low-income young woman, worked as a nanny for the Pettengill-Moreira family, relatives of the first lady of Paraguay. Her mother received help from the Paraguayan community to pay for the plane tickets that, 12 days later, brought her to USA.

“It was heartbreaking”

"Too harsh, I can't speak". Mother of young Paraguayan missing in landslide manages to reach Miami
Photo: Instagram

Euclides Acevedo, Foreign Minister of Paraguay, told the media days ago that six natives of that South American country were among those disappeared by the collapse. Those people were Sophia López Moreira (sister of the first lady Silvana Abdo), her husband Luis Pettengill, the couple’s three children and the children’s nanny, Lady Luna.

It’s “too hard, I can’t speak,” confessed the heartbroken mother, who arrived in the United States accompanied by her niece Lourdes Luna. “We had found out through the news, everything was very fast, it was very painful, from the beginning this was heartbreaking,” adds Lourdes.

Lady Luna’s mother spoke

"Too harsh, I can't speak". Mother of young Paraguayan missing in landslide manages to reach Miami
Photo: Instagram

“Visibly affected is Lady’s mother, the nanny of the family of the first lady of Paraguay, who remains missing along with the rest of the family in the collapse of the building in #Surfside,” they wrote this week on the Instagram account of Red Hot. SEE VIDEO OF THE INTERVIEW.

“It was very special, she lived all the time in joy,” recalls the cousin of the 23-year-old who disappeared. She was the pillar of the family, she studied and worked, she dreamed of being able to take them forward, and yet “she was happy with what she had,” says Lourdes Luna.

Lady Luna, Paraguayan nanny missing

"Too harsh, I can't speak". Mother of young Paraguayan missing in landslide manages to reach Miami
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Lourdes Luna explained that her aunt Juana Villalba took the tests requested by the authorities last Tuesday in order to be able to identify more quickly the victims they find among the rubble and said with melancholy that “now we have to wait, we are expectant as that rescuers can do ”.

One of the reasons why Lourdes Luna accompanied her aunt on the painful trip to Miami is because Juana Villalba’s mother tongue is Guaraní and she has trouble speaking Spanish fluently, explained Al Rojo Vivo.

Since the day of the collapse no one has been rescued alive

Since the day of the collapse no one has been rescued alive
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“Right now we are in search and rescue mode,” County Sheriff Freddy Ramirez said at a news conference Tuesday night. “Our main objective now is to bring a resolution to the families.” No one has been rescued alive since the early hours of the building’s collapse on June 24, when many of its residents were asleep.

Rescuers were still looking for holes in the mountains of debris where other survivors could be found, county fire chief Alan Cominsky explained. “Unfortunately, we are not seeing anything positive,” he reported.

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