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2 more Florida condo collapse victims ID’d, including mom of Stella Cattarossi


Florida officials identified two more victims of the Surfside condo collapse Saturday, as search-and-rescue operations were suspended ahead of a planned building demolition and tropical storm.

Graciela Cattarossi, 48, and Gonzalo Torre, 81, were identified Saturday, a day after their remains were recovered, Miami-Dade County Police said.

Cattarossi, a photographer originally from Argentina, was the mother of Stella Cattarossi, the 7-year-old girl whose remains were found Thursday as her firefighting father worked with first responders to pull bodies from the seaside disaster.

The girl lived in Champlain Towers South with her mom and her maternal grandparents, Graciela and Gino Cattarossi, who remain unaccounted for.


Graciela’s sister Andrea, an architect in Pilar, Argentina, was visiting at the time of the disaster and is also still missing.

All five were all in the doomed condo when it collapsed in the early morning of June 24, according to WPLG-TV. The family reportedly lived in apartment 501.

Kathryn Rooney Vera, a friend who has known Graciela since 2008, previously told the Associated Press that her pal was a fiercely dedicated mother.

Her dedication to her daughter was “unparalleled,” Vera said, describing Graciela as a “very hard worker, a beautiful person and beloved by everyone.”

At least 24 people died in the collapse and 121 remain unaccounted for, officials said Saturday.

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Stella Cattarossi’s remains were discovered by first responders working with her father.
Stella Cattarossi’s remains were discovered by first responders working with her father.

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