Florida condo collapse: Paraguayan president’s family’s nanny remains returned to home

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The remains of a 23-year-old Paraguayan woman who was a nanny at the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Fla., Were returned to her home country on Tuesday.

Leidy Vanessa Luna Villalba was the family nanny of the sister of Paraguayan first lady Silvana Lopez Moreira.

The bodies of First Lady Sophia López Moreiro’s sister, sister’s husband Luis Pettengill and their youngest child were also found in the rubble.

Their two older children are still missing.

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Luna Villalba’s mother and her cousin accompanied her remains on the flight to Paraguay.

Paraguayan Foreign Minister Euclides Acevedo said President Mario Abdo Benítez “asked me to be with [Luna Villalba’s] family because he will receive the remains of his relatives next Thursday. ”

Carriers carry the coffin containing the remains of Leidy Vanessa Luna Villalba outside her home in Eugenio Garay, Paraguay on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Luna Villalba, a nanny employed by the sister of Paraguayan first lady Silvana Lopez Moreira, was doing part of these.  died in the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in Surfside, Fla. on June 24.  (AP Photo / Jorge Saenz)
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Carriers carry the coffin containing the remains of Leidy Vanessa Luna Villalba outside her home in Eugenio Garay, Paraguay on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Luna Villalba, a nanny employed by the sister of Paraguayan first lady Silvana Lopez Moreira, was doing part of these. died in the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in Surfside, Fla. on June 24. (AP Photo / Jorge Saenz)

Acevedo added, “Leidy’s mother is being followed by two psychologists from the Women’s Ministry, but with this the grieving process begins. We must respect their pain in silence, it is time to console each other in the embrace.”

The death toll in the June 24 collapse rose to 95 on Tuesday and 14 are still missing.

Luna Villalba had completed her nursing studies and was looking after children to earn money to pay the costs of preparing and defending her thesis.

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“Leidy’s mother is the authentic Paraguayan woman: beautiful and supportive,” Acevedo added. “She is an example to all of us because she endured her pain without asking for anything, as a rural woman she is far from the greed of the consumer society.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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