Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons: Prayers for the Champlain Tower South Victims in Surfside

The aftermath of the partial collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside. {Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.}

By Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons

Since learning of the tragic collapse of the Champlain Tower South Condominiums, I, like many of you find myself thinking of all the lives affected.

Also like you, every night as I prepare for bed, I think about the men, women, and children who did the same on that Wednesday night before the collapse.

152 people are still missing with 9 people pronounced dead. Hundreds more displaced and people around the world left to grieve the sudden and unimaginable loss of a loved one.

I have been reading the stories of the families that lived in Champlain Tower South. Each family had a story, from families with young children to married couples of 60 years, these people lived their normal lives just like you and me.

In the coming days and months, we will find out what happened. We will find out how to prevent this from happening again because one thing is clear, buildings are not supposed to abruptly collapse. Especially on sleeping families.

The reason why I love Coral Springs is that we are a welcoming and inclusive city. We also have a huge, collective heart. When tragedy strikes we have to depend on one another to see it through.

I wanted to speak to you all and make one simple request. I am asking you to pray. We all believe in a higher power and I am asking you to call out that power. Pray for peace and comfort in the lives of all those affected. Pray for the souls of the lives lost. Let’s send all those prayers down to Surfside and around the world. We can’t take away the pain, but we can wrap our arms around those lost and affected.

Together we can help them get through this difficult time.

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