MIAMI, June 27 (Reuters) – A couple married for nearly 60 years. A devoted father who spent his days on the baseball field with his young son. A mother whose teenage son was one of the few known survivors.
As rescuers continue searching through the rubble for anyone still alive after a Florida condominium collapsed in the early hours of Thursday, killing at least nine, details are emerging of those who lost their lives.
Antonio Lozano, 83 and his 79-year-old wife Gladys were three weeks shy of celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary. The couple would joke about who would die first because they didn’t want to live without each other, their son, Sergio, told local media.
Sergio Lozano said he had dinner with his parents in their eighth-floor apartment just hours before the disaster. After returning to his own home across the street, he woke up to a loud rumble around 1 a.m. and saw from his balcony that his parents’ building had fallen down.
Lozano told Miami ABC affiliate WPLG he said to his wife, “My parents’ apartment is not there, it’s gone!” before running downstairs.