After the high-rise collapse in Miami – sisters (10 and 4) buried in a coffin


Now they are together forever.

The body parts of two sisters recovered from the rubble of the collapsed skyscraper in Miami were so tiny that the four- and ten-year-old were placed in the same coffin and buried next to their parents on Tuesday. Her white coffin was covered with ribbons of pink and purple – symbols of innocence.

“Lucia Guara, ‘Lulu Bear’, loved seeing ‘Jeopardy’ with her father, dancing with her mother and doing yoga. Her little sister Emma was the princess of the family, a natural artist who enjoyed her father’s piggyback rides and cuddling with her mother, “said family member Digna Rodriguez to the American news agency” AP “.



Marcus Guara died with his wife Anaely and daughters Lucia and Emma in the collapse of the Miami Beach skyscraperPhoto: Peter Milián / AP

The hour-long funeral took place in the family’s Catholic St. Joseph parish – just three blocks from the spot where the Champlain Towers South apartment building had partially collapsed two weeks ago and the Guara sisters, their parents Marcus (52 ) and Anaely (46) Guara and at least 32 people tore others to their deaths.

More than 100 residents are still missing. Fighting heavy rain and winds from tropical storm Elsa, rescuers dug through piles of pulverized concrete and twisted steel for the 13th consecutive day in the Surfside district on Tuesday.


Workers in front of the rubble of the blown skyscraper in Miami Beach

Workers in front of the rubble of the blown up skyscraper in Miami BeachPhoto: Lynne Sladky / AP

The house, which has since been demolished, overlooks the parking lot of the church where Emma was baptized in 2016 and Lucia had her first communion in 2019.

Pastor Juan J. Sosa asked for more prayers. “We still miss about 15 of our other parishioners,” he said. The pastor reminded those present that death does not define them and said that God’s power is always present, especially during trials.

Family members wiped away tears during the service and clung to each other in emotional hugs. Especially while singing “Amazing Grace” when the coffins were carried out of the church at the end, many could no longer hide their pain.

The words of Marcus Guara’s cousin, Peter Milian, made those present particularly thoughtful. “This cooler than cool guy melted when he saw his daughters. He loved being a dad, said Milian of the girls’ dad.

It is a blessing that the family died together. Milan: “I really believe that God watched over her by not making her suffer without Lucia and Emma.”

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