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Funerals for 7 victims of building collapse held in Miami Beach, Surfside, New York

Sisters, age 4 and 11, buried in white coffin adorned with pink, purple bows

DORAL, Fla. – Four-year-old Emma Guara and her 11-year-old sister Lucia “Lulu” Guara were buried together Tuesday afternoon in a white coffin adorned with pink and purple bows. They were buried along with their parents, Anaely Rodriguez, 42, and Marcus Guara, 52.

During the family’s funeral liturgy at St. Joseph Catholic Church, a parish a few blocks away from where the family died at the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Marcus Guara’s cousin Peter Milián said he believed God had blessed Guara and Rodriguez.

“I truly believe God watched over them by not making them suffer without Lucia and Emma,” Milián said.

A search-and-rescue team recovered the bodies of the girls and their mother on June 30th and Marcus Guara’s body about two days after the collapse. That same day the Archdiocese of Miami received a message from Pope Francis offering prayers “that Almighty God will grant eternal peace to those who have died, comfort to those who mourn their loss, and strength to all those affected.”

St. Joseph’s Rev. Juan J. Sosa said his parish has more than a dozen other members whose bodies have not been recovered from the rubble at 8777 Collins Ave. On Tuesday evening, the official death toll of the June 24th collapse was at 36 and 109 remained unaccounted for.

The pain of the tragedy in Surfside also reached Miami Beach, Brooklyn, Queens, and Sydney, Australia.

Tzvi Ainsworth, 68, and Ingrid “Itty” Ainsworth, 66, former residents of Sydney, had a big family and they were in Surfside to be close to relatives. Chabad reported the Ainsworths’ son and daughter-in-law had a baby girl on the day of the building collapse.

The Orthodox Jewish community in New York lined up Tuesday afternoon on the side of a street to pay their respects to two of the victims of the Surfside building collapse. (Copyright 2020 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.)

Crews recovered their bodies on Monday in Surfside, and by Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of members of the Orthodox Jewish community lined up to pay their respects to Tzvi Ainsworth and Itty Ainsworth during a procession in New York City.

There was a service at Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn and interment was at the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens.

In Miami Beach, Jeanette Marie Nuñez, the lieutenant governor of Florida, and Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava attended the service for Hilda Noriega Tuesday morning. There was a procession with uniformed police motormen.

The service for Noriega, the mother of North Bay Village Police Chief Carlos Noriega, was held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, a parish south of Surfside in Miami Beach. The matriarch of the Noriega family was 92 and an active member of her church.

Crews recovered her body out of the rubble on June 30. Her loved ones believe she left them a spiritual message of hope. While exploring the area where a section of the 12-story building turned into a mountain of pancaked concrete, her son, Carlos Noriega, and grandson, Mike Noriega, recovered a birthday card. She had recently received it from members of her prayer group.

Pallbearers carry the casket of Marcus Guara's daughters before a funeral service for the family at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. Guara, his wife Anaely, and daughters Lucia and Emma, died in the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in nearby Surfside. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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COMPLETE COVERAGE

Surfside building collapse

Pallbearers carry a casket following a funeral service for Marcus Guara and his family at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. Guara, his wife Anaely, and daughters Lucia and Emma, died in the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in nearby Surfside. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Family and friends arrive for a funeral service for Marcus Guara and his family at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. Guara, his wife Anaely, and daughters Lucia and Emma, died in the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in nearby Surfside. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The timeline of a tragedy

Coverage of July 6

Workers walk past the collapsed and demolished Champlain Towers South condominium building, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage of July 5

Rescue workers handle a tarp containing recovered remains at the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building, Monday, July 5, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. The remaining structure was demolished Sunday, which partially collapsed June 24. Many people remain unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on July 4

FILE - In this late Sunday, July 4, 2021, file photo, the remaining structure of the Champlain Towers South condo building is demolished more than a week after it partially collapsed, in Surfside, Fla. Even as the search continues over a week later for signs of life in the mangled debris, the process of seeking answers about why it happened and who is to blame is already underway in Florida's legal system. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on July 3

In this satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies heavy-lift cranes are used to aid in the search and recovery operation at the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building on Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (Maxar Technologies via AP) (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies)

Coverage on July 2

FILE - In this Friday, July 2, 2021, file photo, search and rescue personnel remove remains on a stretcher as they work atop the rubble of the Champlain Tower South complex in Surfside, Fla. Nobody has been found alive since the first hours of the June 24 disaster that killed at least 27 people in the town of Surfside, so updating the families has so far been a matter of delivering bad news. And what crews are finding is often not intact. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Coverage on July 1

FILE - In this July 1, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit the Surfside Wall of Hope & Memorial in Surfside, Fla., for the people missing after the condo tower that collapsed earlier in the week. The Bidens spent the day meeting with first responders, local and government officials and visiting with families who have been impacted by the collapse. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on June 30

Search and rescue personnel work atop the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building, where scores of people remain missing almost a week after it partially collapsed, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Coverage on June 29

Search and rescue workers comb the rubble of an oceanfront condo building that collapsed, with many dead and unaccounted for, in Surfside, Fla., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on June 28

FILE - In this June 28, 2021, file photo, workers search the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo in Surfside, Fla. Search and rescue teams from Miami-Dade have been described as among the best and most experienced in the world. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on June 27

This aerial image shows an oceanfront condo building that partially collapsed three days earlier, resulting in fatalities and many people still unaccounted for, in Surfside, Fla., Sunday, June 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on June 26

FILE - In this Saturday, June 26, 2021, file photo, rescue workers search in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo, in Surfside, Fla. Even as the search continues over a week later for signs of life in the mangled debris of the fallen Champlain Towers South, the process of seeking answers about why it happened and who is to blame is already underway in Florida's legal system. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on June 25

FILE - In this Friday, June 25, 2021, file photo, rescue personnel work in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo, in Surfside, Fla. Even as the search continues over a week later for signs of life in the mangled debris of the fallen Champlain Towers South, the process of seeking answers about why it happened and who is to blame is already underway in Florida's legal system. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage on June 24

This photo taken from video provided by ReliableNewsMedia firefighters rescue a survivor from the rubble of the Champlain Towers South Condo after the multistory building partially collapsed in Surfside, Fla., early Thursday, June 24, 2021. (ReliableNewsMedia via AP).

About the Authors:

Layron Livingston made the move from Ohio's Miami Valley to Miami, Florida, to join the Local 10 News team.

Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.