July 26, 2021

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Funerals for 7 victims of building collapse held in Miami Beach, Surfside, New York – WPLG Local 10

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DORAL, Fla. – Four-year-old Emma Guara and her 11-year-old sister Lucia “Lulu” Guara were buried together Tuesday afternoon in a white coffin adorned with pink and purple bows. Their mother, Anaely Rodriguez, 42, was buried in a matching white coffin. Rescuers had recovered their bodies June 30.

They were buried alongside Marcus Guara, 52, their beloved father and husband. The Guara family’s service was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, a parish near the site of the June 24th collapse of a section of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside.

Rescuers recovered Marcus Guara’s body on June 26. That day the Archdiocese of Miami received a message from Pope Francis offering prayers “that Almighty God will grant eternal peace to those who have died, comfort to those who mourn their loss, and strength to all those affected.”

St. Joseph’s Rev. Juan J. Sosa said his parish has more than a dozen other members whose bodies have not been recovered. The official death toll of the building collapse was at 32 and 113 remained unaccounted for.

After Miami Beach funeral, service for family of 4 follows in Surfside
After Miami Beach funeral, service for family of 4 follows in Surfside

The grief-stricken relatives of three other victims of the building collapse attended funeral services Tuesday at another Catholic church in Miami-Dade County and at a synagogue in New York City. The sadness of the tragedy in Surfside also reached Brooklyn, Queens, and Sydney, Australia.

Tzvi Ainsworth, 68, and Itty Ainsworth, 66, former residents of Sydney, were expecting a granddaughter when they died in Surfside. She was born on the day search-and-rescue teams began to search for survivors of the collapse. Crews recovered the couple’s bodies on Monday.

The Orthodox Jewish community in New York lined up Tuesday afternoon on the side of a street to pay their respects to two of the victims of the Surfside building collapse. (Copyright 2020 by WPLG Local10.com – All rights reserved.)

On Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of members of the Orthodox Jewish community lined up to pay their respects to the Ainsworths during a procession in New York City.

There was a service at Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn and interment was at the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens.

In Miami Beach, Jeanette Marie Nuñez, the lieutenant governor of Florida, and Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava attended the service for Hilda Noriega Tuesday morning. There was a procession with uniformed motormen.

Funerals for victims of Surfside building collapse begin in Miami Beach
Funerals for victims of Surfside building collapse begin in Miami Beach

The service for Noriega, the mother of North Bay Village Police Chief Carlos Noriega, was held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, a parish south of Surfside in Miami Beach. The matriarch of the Noriega family was 92 and an active member of her church.

Crews recovered her body out of the rubble on June 30. Her loved ones believe she left them a spiritual message of hope. While exploring the area where a section of the 12-story building turned into a mountain of pancaked concrete, her son, Carlos Noriega, and grandson, Mike Noriega, recovered a birthday card. She had recently received it from members of her prayer group.

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Surfside building collapse

Rescue workers move a stretcher containing recovered remains at the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building, Monday, July 5, 2021 in Surfside, Fla. The remaining structure was demolished Sunday, which partially collapsed June 24. Many people remain unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The timeline of a tragedy

Coverage of July 5

Rescue workers handle a tarp containing recovered remains at the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building, Monday, July 5, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. The remaining structure was demolished Sunday, which partially collapsed June 24. Many people remain unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on July 4

FILE – In this late Sunday, July 4, 2021, file photo, the remaining structure of the Champlain Towers South condo building is demolished more than a week after it partially collapsed, in Surfside, Fla. Even as the search continues over a week later for signs of life in the mangled debris, the process of seeking answers about why it happened and who is to blame is already underway in Florida’s legal system. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on July 3

In this satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies heavy-lift cranes are used to aid in the search and recovery operation at the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building on Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (Maxar Technologies via AP) (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies)

Coverage on July 2

FILE – In this Friday, July 2, 2021, file photo, search and rescue personnel remove remains on a stretcher as they work atop the rubble of the Champlain Tower South complex in Surfside, Fla. Nobody has been found alive since the first hours of the June 24 disaster that killed at least 27 people in the town of Surfside, so updating the families has so far been a matter of delivering bad news. And what crews are finding is often not intact. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Coverage on July 1

FILE – In this July 1, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit the Surfside Wall of Hope & Memorial in Surfside, Fla., for the people missing after the condo tower that collapsed earlier in the week. The Bidens spent the day meeting with first responders, local and government officials and visiting with families who have been impacted by the collapse. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on June 30

Search and rescue personnel work atop the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building, where scores of people remain missing almost a week after it partially collapsed, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Coverage on June 29

Search and rescue workers comb the rubble of an oceanfront condo building that collapsed, with many dead and unaccounted for, in Surfside, Fla., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on June 28

FILE – In this June 28, 2021, file photo, workers search the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo in Surfside, Fla. Search and rescue teams from Miami-Dade have been described as among the best and most experienced in the world. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on June 27

This aerial image shows an oceanfront condo building that partially collapsed three days earlier, resulting in fatalities and many people still unaccounted for, in Surfside, Fla., Sunday, June 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on June 26

FILE – In this Saturday, June 26, 2021, file photo, rescue workers search in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo, in Surfside, Fla. Even as the search continues over a week later for signs of life in the mangled debris of the fallen Champlain Towers South, the process of seeking answers about why it happened and who is to blame is already underway in Florida’s legal system. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on June 25

FILE – In this Friday, June 25, 2021, file photo, rescue personnel work in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo, in Surfside, Fla. Even as the search continues over a week later for signs of life in the mangled debris of the fallen Champlain Towers South, the process of seeking answers about why it happened and who is to blame is already underway in Florida’s legal system. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on June 24

This photo taken from video provided by ReliableNewsMedia firefighters rescue a survivor from the rubble of the Champlain Towers South Condo after the multistory building partially collapsed in Surfside, Fla., early Thursday, June 24, 2021. (ReliableNewsMedia via AP).

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