A lawsuit will be formally filed on behalf of two of the six victims who died following a collapse of a pedestrian bridge last Thursday near Florida International University. Alberto Arias, 53, and Osvaldo González, 57, were life partners and had been in a relationship for more than 20 years. Both were driving together in a white Chevy truck when the bridge collapsed on top of them, according to the Miami Herald.
A childhood family friend and such great souls. Heaven has certainly gained two angels. You two will be greatly missed. ?? https://t.co/VwD0IhiYWz
— ℰlizabeth a. (@ellieashxo) March 17, 2018
The Herald reports lawyer Yesenia Collazo gave a press conference at her law office on behalf of the families of the two men, stating the wrongful death lawsuit will be filed after Arias and Gonzalez are buried together this week.
The bridge collapse claimed the lives of six victims in total, ranging from ages 18 to 60.
Alexa Duran, a student at FIU, was the youngest victim. She was driving from a doctor’s appointment while her best friend, Richard Humble, was in the passenger seat.
— Rosh Lowe (@rloweon7) March 19, 2018
“Alexa, she wasn’t just my daughter. She was also my friend,” Orlando Duran, her father, told WSVN in an interview.
Alexa was a political science major and had hopes of becoming both a writer and lawyer.
“I don’t think I’ll ever, ever be the same again, because my friend is not here anymore,” Duran told WSVN.
The three other victims are Brandon Brownfield, Navaro Brown, 37, and Rolando Fraga, 60.
The bridge was supposed to be the largest pedestrian bridge in the nation using the modular construction method, according to FIU. The main span of the bridge was assembled off-site, allowing traffic not to be disrupted during construction, Local10 reports.
Students at FIU gathered for a vigil on campus in remembrance of the victims. Members of the Alpha Xi Delta, a sorority Duran was a member of, sang in honor of Duran’s memory.
— Monique O. Madan (@MoniqueOMadan) March 21, 2018
Local 10 reports the group walked to a makeshift memorial site where flowers and other items were placed in honor of the victims.