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Relatives of Paraguay’s first lady, including Rose-Hulman alum, missing in Miami collapse

Surfside building collapse on June 25, 2021
Posted at 4:39 PM, Jun 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-26 16:39:10-04

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Relatives of Paraguay’s first lady are among the dozens of people missing after a beachfront condo building partially collapsed Thursday outside Miami.

Paraguayan Foreign Minister Euclides Acevedo told local media that six people from the South American country are still unaccounted for after the collapse. They are Sophia López Moreira, the sister of first lady Silvana Abdo, her husband Luis Pettengill, her three children and the family’s assistant.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology shared on Facebook that Pettengill graduated from the school in 2007.

Paraguay’s government announced that President Mario Abdo’s activities were cancelled for Thursday and Friday so that he can be with his wife while she waits for word on the fate of her sister and her family.