Four new victims of the Miami condo collapse were named on Friday evening as the death toll rose to 79, and the mayor described the situation as 'heartbreaking'.
The dead included a 21-year-old University of Chicago student, Ilan Naibryf, and a 31-year-old man visiting from New Jersey, Benny Weisz.
Colombian-born Angela Velasquez, 60, owner of a popular men's boutique, and Leidy Luna Villalba, a Paraguayan nursing student, were also named among the dead.
Luna lived in the condo, having traveled abroad for the first time as a nanny for the family of Silvana Lopez Moreira, the first lady of Paraguay.
On Thursday, Paraguay's foreign minister said in a radio report that the body of Lopez's sister was among those found.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Ilan Naibryf, 21, a physics major at the University of Chicago, was confirmed on Friday as among the dead. His girlfriend Deborah Berezdivin, also 21, a student at George Washington University, is still missing
Benny Weisz, 32, and Malki Weisz, 27, of Lakewood, N.J., had just flown into Surfside on the night of the Champlain Tower collapse. The couple, married for five years, came to visit Malki's father, Chaim Rosenberg, and spend Shabbat with him in his new apartment. Benny and his father-in-law have been found; Malki is still missing
Angela Maria Velasquez, 60, was confirmed on Friday to have died in the tragedy. Her husband Julio Cesar Velasquez, 67, remains missing in the Surfside condo collapse, as does her daughter Theresa, 36
Leidy Luna Villalba, the 23-year-old nanny for the Paraguayan first lady's sister, was confirmed dead on Friday
Paraguay foreign minister has confirmed that the bodies of the Paraguayan First Lady's sister, Sophia López Moreira, her husband Luis Pettengill and their youngest child were among the bodies identified on ThursdayInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Recovery workers on Friday toiled for a 16th day to find victims in the rubble.
Another 61 people remain unaccounted for, among them Naibryf's girlfriend, Deborah Berezdivin, a student at George Washington University.
Naibryf was a physics major with a minor in molecular engineering and was also president of the student Jewish life organization.
'He also was co-founder and CEO of STIX Financial, a 2021 College New Venture Challenge finalist, served as president of the Chabad House student board, was a former member of the men's track and field team, and was active in recreational soccer,' the school said.
Weisz's wife Malki remains unaccounted for, as do Velasquez's husband Julio and daughter Theresa, a Live Nation executive, 36, who had flown in from Los Angeles the night before.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said the work to recover victims was 'moving forward with great urgency' in order to bring closure to the families of victims who have spent an agonizing two weeks waiting for news.
'This is a staggering and heartbreaking number that affects all of us very deeply,' Levine Cava said of the latest death toll.
This aerial view, shows search and rescue personnel working on site after the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside
'All those who have passed ... are leaving behind loved ones. They´re leaving behind devastated families. The magnitude of this tragedy is growing each and every day,' she said.
Rescue workers and emergency support teams from Florida and several other states have labored in 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day at the site of the devastated beachfront condominium in Surfside - physically and emotionally taxing work performed amid oppressive heat and in dangerous conditions.
'We know that there will be long-term impacts for the teams on the front line,' Levine Cava said.
'They have given so much of themselves in these first two weeks.'
Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said taking care of the mental health and well-being of the first responders is a priority. He said it is critical that the first responders communicate with each other.
'It's important for us to talk,' he said.
Rescuers are seen searching through the debris on June 27. The death toll is