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One year after the bridge collapse, FIU will have a moment of silence for those killed

Time lapse shows installation of FIU bridge and deadly collapse

Florida International University recorded a time lapse from three different angles of the doomed pedestrian bridge being raised over Southwest Eighth Street and then collapsing, killing six people. The time-lapse video spans from March 1 to March 19.
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Florida International University recorded a time lapse from three different angles of the doomed pedestrian bridge being raised over Southwest Eighth Street and then collapsing, killing six people. The time-lapse video spans from March 1 to March 19.

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.

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Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.


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