She is The 1st Victim of The Miami Condo Tower Disaster
Fang was rescued from the rubble and eventually died of her injuries at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. She was one of at least four people who died in the horrific building collapse.
Jonah Handler, Fang’s son, was rescued by firefighters shortly after the apartment building collapsed, and the moment was captured on camera. Witness Nicholas Balboa, who was apparently walking his dog when the building collapsed, assisted the young teen, who was later brought to the hospital with fractured bones.
Balboa told Fox News on Thursday that before the rescue, the boy’s fingers were waffling and that Handler begged, “Don’t leave me, don’t leave me.”
Handler, a 10th grader at Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens, was brought to the hospital with broken bones, according to the Archdiocese of Miami officials.
His mother, on the other hand, died from blunt force injuries shortly after the condo collapsed, according to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner.
Fang’s family issued the following statement, according to NBC6 in Miami: “There are no words to describe the tragic loss of our beloved Stacie. The members of the Fang and Handler family would like to express our deepest appreciation for the outpouring of sympathy, compassion and support we have received.”
“The many heartfelt words of encouragement and love have served as a much needed source of strength during this devastating time.”
“On behalf of Stacie’s son, Jonah, we ask you now to please respect our privacy to grieve and to try to help each other heal.”
She said to The Washington Post: “He wants to know what happened to his mother. We all want to know.”
Officials announced on Friday that three persons were retrieved from the rubble overnight, leaving 159 people missing. On Friday, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cara stated that 120 persons have been located.
Officials acknowledged that three bodies had been recovered from the rubble overnight, but added that rescue personnel “focus efforts” in an area whenever they hear a sound. Despite the fact that the fire rekindled during the night, search and rescue activities continued.
Crews detected sounds in the rubble overnight, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Ray Jadallah. He said: “We are listening for sounds, human sounds and tapping.”
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