Families of Surfside collapsed condo victims urge site be made a memorial

loved ones of people who 死了 when a Surfside, 佛罗里达, condo building partially collapsed called on officials Thursday to make the site a memorial to victims.

Ronit Felszer, who lost her son, Ilan Naibryf, 21, in the June disaster, moved her family of five to America in 2002 “because I believed in what American stood for,” she said at a news conference Thursday.
The America I dreamed of does not build over dead people or mass graves,” Felszer said.
      The collapse of Champlain Towers South on June 24 just before 1:30 上午. 被杀 98 人.
        Surfsidea town of about 6,000 people just north of Miami Beachis home to a large population of Orthodox Jews. Following the collapse when families were reuniting, it was common to hear Hebrew, 西班牙语, English and Portuguese.
          diverse community came together, attempting to grasp strength in faith. Synagogues and churches opened for emergency prayer services. Vigils were held for the missing, and many prayed, sobbed and hugged with the tower’s ruins visible in the background.
          It is obvious that this has become more than a collapsed building site. It’s a holy site,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said in the weeks following the collapse.
          Monica Iken, who lost her husband, 麦可, when the Twin Towers came down on 9/11, advocated for the site to be a memorial.
          Unfortunately I’m having déjà vu. This really brought back all the nightmares of 9/11 for me when I lost my beloved Michael Patrick Iken,” 她说. She added that sheworked hard to make sure that we have the world class [9/11] memorial and museum that we have today.
          Iken, who founded the non-profit September’s Mission to advocate for those affected by natural and civil disasters, vowed to continue helping the friends and family of the victims navigate the process. She vowed to find out whothe stakeholders areand reach out to Gov. 罗恩·迪桑蒂斯.
          Iken emphasized that it’s important for people to understand the victims of the Surfside collapsesuffered.
          They were awake, some of them. We don’t have remains of whole bodies. That people thought there were whole bodies therethere weren’t. Some people just have pieces of their loved ones,” 她说. “This is sacred an hallowed space just like the [9/11] memorial.
          Martin Langesfeld lost his sister, Nicole Langesfeld, 26, and brother-in-law, Luis Sadovnic, 28.
          We ask the people in the positions of power to please work with us in doing the right thing. Treat this catastrophe as if it were your family, as if it were your city, your state or country,” Langesfeld said.
          In this aerial view on July 31, 2021, the cleared lot where the collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building once stood in Surfside, 佛罗里达.

            Vicky Btesh, who lost her husband, Andres Levine, and three cousins, 说过 “Nobody deserves to go to sleep and never wake up, crushed by their own home.
            And nobody deserves to have their final resting place be disrespected. Nobody. We do not build over dead people, as you’ve heard over and over again,” 她说. “This memorial should be a permanent reminder of what happened here.