Time lapse shows installation of FIU bridge and deadly collapse
Exactly one year to the minute after the pedestrian bridge collapse that killed six people, FIU will hold a moment of silence as part of a ceremony on its main campus, the school announced Monday.
An FIU spokesperson said this will be the only event the university organizes around a year having passed since the tragedy.
At 1:30 p.m. March 15, all FIU students, faculty and staff will be asked to join Sweetwater Mayor Orlando Lopez and Deacon Ralph Gazituia from nearby St. John Neumann Catholic Church at the Betty Chapman Plaza on the Mitch Maidique Campus. It’ll be Spring Break.
The moment of silence will be at 1:47 p.m.
The Graham Center bells will ring six times, once each for Navaro Brown, 37; Brandon Brownfield, 39; Alexa Duran, 18; Rolando Fraga Hernandez, 60; and longtime partners Alberto Arias, 53, and Osvaldo Gonzalez, 57.
They died when the bridge under construction connecting FIU’s campus to housing in Sweetwater collapsed onto Southwest Eighth Street at 1:47 p.m. March 15, 2018. Contractor MCM filed for Chapter 11 bankrupcy last week.