In Search of Survivors, Loved Ones Reach Out on Social Media

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U.S.|‘I’m at a loss for words’: Loved ones in search of survivors reach out on social media.

People waited for information after a partial building collapse in Surfside, Fla.
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Remy Tumin

  • June 24, 2021

A young college-age couple. A father and a son. A beloved teacher.

As rescuers continued to comb through debris and rubble for survivors, the friends and family members of those missing in the Surfside building collapse turned to social media in appeals for help.

“Please share we are trying to locate our beloved Lorenzo and his dad Alfredo,” wrote Valerie Pettersen, who described herself as a friend of Lorenzo and Alfredo Leone’s wife.

Arnie Notkin, a former physical education teacher at a nearby elementary school, was remembered as “a great man who devoted his life to Miami Beach” and “a mensch.”

“I’m at a loss for words,” a former student wrote.

Joey Feldman wrote that there was no cellphone signal when he tried to reach David and Bonnie Epstein. Louis Berk asked for prayers for Judy Spiegel.

“She’s an incredible woman and she will be found! Not giving up hope!”

The University of Chicago chapter of the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish movement said Ilan Naibryf, a student there and the president of the group’s student board, and his girlfriend, Deborah Berezdivin, were missing.

“They are dear friends, gems whom we love dearly,” the group wrote, adding, “They are both family.”

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