Stacie Fang Bio/Wiki
Stacie Fang, the mother of the 15-year-old boy who was miraculously rescued from the wreckage, is the first victim of the Miami condo tower accident.
Stacie Fang died after the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, near Miami Beach, collapsed on Thursday. According to the news outlet, Fang will be buried on Sunday in New Jersey.
According to the New York Times, Fang’s LinkedIn page states that she worked as a vice president for a corporation and graduated from Pace University in New York in 1990.
The Washington Post discovered through Virginia Borges, Fang’s sister, that Handler was not seriously harmed before Fang’s death was verified.
The Medical Examiner’s Office identified one of the victims who passed away in the #Surfside collapse as 54-year-old Stacie Fang. She’s the mother of the boy seen here being pulled from the rubble.
Video: ReliableNewsMedia pic.twitter.com/OoolQBZH97
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) June 25, 2021
She was 54 years old.
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.”
UPDATE: Surfside victim Stacie Fang A”H, from Monroe Township, NJ, is currently being flown into NJ for burial in New Brunswick, TLS has learned. The expedited release was arranged by @misaskim of Lakewood. https://t.co/IgmsOiLJrG pic.twitter.com/PZTX59lBTj
— The Lakewood Scoop (@LakewoodScoop) June 25, 2021
Other Victims Of Miami Condo Tower Disaster
At least four people were killed after a section of a Miami apartment building collapsed, despite specialists warning that the building had been sinking at a “alarming rate” since the 1990s.
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.”