MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Coming together as a community to mourn, a vigil was held on the campus of Florida International University to remember the six people killed when a pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed last week.
Just after 10 a.m., hundreds walked from the Graham Center Ballroom to the makeshift memorial on the corner of SW 8th Street and SW 107th Avenue
Leading the group of those walking was Alexa Duran’s family and friends. The 18-year-old political science major one day looked forward to going to law school.
“I realize how in the blink of an eye someone can be taken out of your life. I feel for them and feel for everyone that was lost in this tragic accident. I hope it opens up everyone’s hearts and makes them appreciate those around you,” said student Jensy Matute who was affected by the shooting.
A visitation for Duran will be held Wednesday night at Vista Funeral Home, 14200 NW 57th Ave, Miami Lakes, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Duran’s funeral service will be held Thursday morning at St. Mark Catholic Church in Southwest Ranches.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning for two men who died in the collapse.
Alberto Arias and Oswaldo Gonzalez, who were business partners in life, were laid to rest at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn South.
Governor Rick Scott has ordered that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Thursday in remembrance of those who died.
“I have ordered the lowering of the flags this Thursday in remembrance of the victims of the bridge collapse at FIU. Our state continues to mourn and we offer our sincerest condolences to their families,” said in a statement.
Southwest 8th Street remains closed between 107th Avenue and 117th Avenue as crews work to clear the bridge debris and reopen the road.
Additionally, the eastbound exits from the Florida Turnpike are also closed.