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Victims in Miami condo collapse came from around the world

Photo: Lady Luna Villaga
Photo: Lady Luna Villaga

MIAMI (AP) — The seaside condominium that collapsed in Florida this week was a true reflection of Miami’s international mix of South American immigrants, Orthodox Jews, foreign retirees.

Among the 159 people still missing is a Filipino-American who loved to play the piano, Cuban immigrant grandparents who had dreamed of retiring at the beach, and a young Paraguayan who arrived just a week ago to work as a nanny.

Now the building is a symbol of international tragedy, as families around the world hope for news of loved ones in a terrified state of limbo.

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.