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A Memorial For The Victims Of The Collapse Goes Up Near Champlain Towers

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A Memorial For The Victims Of The Collapse Goes Up Near Champlain Towers

The makeshift memorial went up on Friday night just two blocks south of Champlain Towers as a place for people to gather and pray together.

A moving memorial dedicated to those still missing or lost following the tragic collapse of Champlain Towers went up on Friday night.

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Located just south of 88th Street, the site was created by a young man named Leo Soto according to the Miami Herald.

Soto, an old high school classmate of of missing person, Nicky Langesfeld, sought a way to help out the victims’ grieving loved ones and so he headed to a tennis court on Harding Avenue where he began placing candles and flowers and picture of some of those still missing under the debris.

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The site quickly grew over night and has since become a gathering site for communal praying not only for those closest to the victims but also for those members of the public who, like many of us, have been deeply saddened by the events and wished to pay their respects.

Members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue who have been working endlessly to rescue the missing residents also visited the site earlier on Saturday afternoon for a moment of prayer and reflection.

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Also on Friday night, other members of the public also chose to commemorate those still missing by lighting candles and holding a prayer on the beach near the beach.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

At the time of writing, four people have been confirmed dead following the residential building collapse and 159 are still missing as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue continues to work around the clock to recover any possible survivors from underneath the remains of the building.

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Featured imageby JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP