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Beachside vigil for victims of Surfside disaster soothes the pain with a group mediation

As darkness fell on Monday (June 28) over the site of the collapsed building in Surfside, Florida, more than 100 people gathered for a vigil a short distance from where one crane stood illuminated against the night sky. 

A woman led the group in meditation as someone sounded a gong. Behind them, in enormous letters, the word “HOPE” had been inscribed in the sand.

“Let the vibration, let the sound, let them remind you that you are supported, and you’re loved, and you’re cradled and held,” the woman told the assembly in a quiet voice. 

Vigil attendees stood or sat on the sand, some holding white roses or candles in tribute to the victims of last week’s building collapse. 

Search-and-rescue teams pulled two more sets of remains from the concrete and steel rubble of the partially collapsed condominium tower on Monday, bringing the death toll to 11.

No survivors have been pulled from the ocean-front ruins of the Champlain Towers South condo near Miami since the first hours after the building abruptly crumbled into a heap early on Thursday as residents slept.

Given the scores of those still missing, the disaster may wind up ranking as the most significant loss of life from an accidental U.S. building collapse.

(Production: Mana Rabiee)

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