HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A Hawaii Preparatory Academy graduate is among nearly 160 people missing after a condo building collapse in Florida.
The building partially collapsed early Thursday morning in Surfside, Florida, a community outside of Miami.
Officials said at least four people have died and 159 people are missing.
Family members confirmed that Ilan Naibryf was among the missing. From 2016 to 2018 he worked at the HPA until he graduated.
Naibryf was in Florida with his girlfriend to attend a funeral. His girlfriend is also missing in the rubble.
“He was loved by all of his friends in Hawaii. He went to boarding school in Hawaii, ”said his parents Carlos Naibryf and Ronit Felszer in an interview with CNN.
“All of a sudden he was going to the funeral of a man who died of COVID and then they go together the day before and he preferred to stay at Surfside. Otherwise he would have been with us. “
“We are worried. We are frustrated. Were angry. We are hopeful. We have faith, but it’s hard, it’s very difficult, ”added his mother.
Naibryf is a student at the University of Chicago studying physics. He plans to graduate in May next year.
In a post on Instagram, a University of Chicago Jewish club – which Naibryf leads as president – asked members of his ward to keep the two in their prayers and to send a message if anyone had information.
“They are dear friends, jewels that we love very much,” wrote the club members.
Rescue workers comb the mountains of twisted metal and concrete in search of survivors.
The cause of the collapse is still being investigated.
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