Three more victims of the Miami condo disaster have been named, including a man whose wife and disabled stepson’s bodies were recovered over the weekend, and the first person reported missing in the wake of the collapse.
Frank Kleiman, 55, was identified on Monday, just a day after his wife Ana Ortiz, 46, and her adult son, Luis Bermudez, 26, who had muscular dystrophy and was unable to walk.
According to the Miami Herald, they were a newlywed couple who both belonged to the Shul of Bal Harbour synagogue and lived together on the seventh floor of the Miami condo.
Frankie’s mother, Nancy Kress Levin, who fled the Cuban Revolution in 1959 also lived on that floor. Frankie’s brother Jay, who worked in the garment industry, was visiting from Puerto Rico at the time of the collapse. The families occupied the units 702 and 712, according to Miami-Dade property records. Nancy and Jay are among 150 people still listed as missing.
Also recovered Monday was Marcus Joseph Guara, 52, who lived in the building with his wife Ana, 52, and their daughters Lucia, 11, and Emma, 4, all of whom are still unaccounted for.
Frank Kleiman, 55, (left) was identified just a day after the bodies of his wife Ana Ortiz (right) and her adult son, Luis Bermudez, were pulled from the rubble
Another victim identified Monday was Marcus Joseph Guara, 52, (right) who lived in the building with his wife Ana, 52, (left) and their daughters Lucia, 11, and Emma, 4, all of whom are still unaccounted for
Monday’s third identified victim was a Costa Rican man named Michael David Altman, 50, who lived in unit 1101
Frank Kleiman’s brother Jay, pictured, was visiting the building at the time of its collapse, and is among the 150 people still unaccounted for
Meanwhile, the third newly-identified victim was a Costa Rican man named Michael David Altman, 50.
He lived in unit 1101 and was one of the first reported missing by his family to CBS Miami after they checked all hospitals. He had two children.
Over the weekend, also named as victims were Leon Oliwkowicz, 80, and his wife Christina Elvira, 74. All remains bar those of Christina were pulled from the wrecked building on Saturday, with Elvira’s discovered on Sunday.
Bermudez’s father Luis Bermudez Sr paid a heartbreaking tribute to his late son on Facebook, writing in Spanish: ‘God decided that he wanted one more angel in heaven. I still do not believe it. I LOVE you and will love you forever.’
He also shared a photograph of a handwritten note, which said: ‘My Luiyo. You gave me everything. I will miss you all my life…I will never leave you alone.’
Anna Ortiz, left, and her son Luis Bermudez, right were among four new victims of the Champlain Towers condo collapse disaster named Sunday evening
Leon Oliwkowicz and his wife Christina were also identified as victims of the tower collapse on Sunday evening
Luis Bermudez’s dad Luis Sr left heartbreaking Facebook tributes in Spanish saying ‘I will miss you all my life’
The victims were named as families of those still missing were taken to the site on Sunday to see recovery work – with one set of relatives screaming their loved one’s name in the hope she’d hear them.
Relatives were bussed to the ruins of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida, on Sunday morning. Once there, loved ones of missing student Nicole Langsfeld began screaming her name, apparently in the hopes that she might hear them and reply.
Langsfeld and her husband Luis Sadovnic are among 152 people still missing after the 12-story building collapsed early last Thursday morning. Nine people are so-far confirmed to have died, with eight of those victims identified by medical examiners.
CNN reporter Faith Karimi, who witnessed Sunday’s harrowing visit, tweeted: ‘Some relatives of those missing in Surfside were allowed to visit the collapse site this afternoon. (The area is cordoned off).
Relatives of Nicole Langsfeld – pictured with her husband Luis – called her name while visiting the Miami condo collapse site on Sunday, in the hopes their loved one might hear them
Nicole and Luis have not been seen since the 12-story apartment building which they lived in collapsed in the early hours of last Thursday
‘Nicole Langsfeld’s uncle told me when they got there, they took turns screaming out her name, hoping she’d hear them beneath the rubble.’
Karimi later shared details on Nicole given to her by the missing woman’s uncle. She tweeted: ‘She was funny and smart and loved animals — all sorts of animals…She would have moved an elephant into that condo if she could.’
Hopes are beginning to fade that anyone will be rescued from the rubble alive, with four more of the nine people so far confirmed to have died named on Sunday evening.
Four other victims previously named are Stacie Fang, 54, whose 15 year-old son Jonah Handler was filmed being pulled alive from the rubble.
Antonio Lozano, 83, and his wife Gladys, 79, were killed, as was Manny LaFont, 54. One person whose remains were pulled from the collapsed tower has yet to be identified.
Families were bussed to the scene of the tragedy after one angry relative confronted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis about what she claimed were inadequate efforts to try and save their loved ones.
That confrontation, captured on Saturday, saw the woman said: ‘It’s not enough.
‘Imagine if your children were in there. You are going to leave here and you are going to take a nice picture. I know you are doing everything you can, but it’s not enough.’
Relatives are pictured being bussed to the recovery site on Sunday, after some complained they felt not enough was being done to try and save their missing loved ones
Explaining the purpose of Sunday’s visit, a spokesman for Miami-Dade Daniella Levine Cava said: ‘It is a private and deeply emotional moment for the families.’
DeSantis and other officials have stressed that crews have been working 24 hours a day since the tower collapsed, often in rainy conditions, and face the delicate task of trying to extract possible survivors from heaps of rubble without injuring them further.
Rescue teams from Israel and Mexico have joined Miami’s highly skilled search and rescue teams. Surfside’s Mayor Charles Burkett stressed he was still hoping for ‘miracle’ rescues from the rubble, saying: ‘I expect miracles. I’m expecting many miracles.
‘I think we all believe and expect miracles.’
Workers sift among the rubble of the site on Sunday, with workers trying to rescue any potential survivors without putting them at risk of further injury from rubble
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett says he expects ‘miracles’ in the coming days as people are rescued, although hopes are fading that anyone else will be pulled out alive
Teams from Israel and Mexico are set to join highly experienced local search and rescue squads in the hopes of finding survivors
Levine Cava also sounded a note of optimism while giving the latest updates on the search Monday evening.
She said crews now had much greater access to the rubble pile, with good weather helping speed their work.
Rescues have also been able to suppress fires currently smoldering in the rubble.
Levine Cava said: ‘It’s an inspiration to all of us, and to people all around the world. Their work, getting a fire and the smoke under control, was very pivotal, and the good weather today, were two very positive developments in the search, and they have allowed the search and rescue effort to move forward without some of the previous challenges that we have faced
They are actively working on the trench and it actually was extremely helpful for the location of bodies
The mayor also called on the families of the missing to file police reports about their loved ones, so investigators could collect DNA samples to help identify any remains they later fine.
Leo Soto, who lost a friend in the disaster, was among loved-ones paying tributes at a makeshift shrine on Friday. It has continued to grow over the weekend
An investigation into what caused the collapse is ongoing. The Champlain Towers was undergoing repairs as part of a mandatory 40 year recertification process for the building, which was constructed in 1981.
Suspicion is currently focused on the complex’s raised swimming pool, which was said to be leaking and eroding its concrete foundations, but investigators say it is too early to draw any firm conclusions.