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Florida Condo Collapse Claims Catholic Family of 4: ‘Christ Never Leaves Us Abandoned’

MIAMI — As rescue efforts continue in Surfside, Florida, after a condominium collapsed in the early morning hours of June 24, a Catholic family of four was laid to rest Tuesday, the second Catholic funeral for victims of the incident that has now claimed the lives of 46 people. 

A steady stream of Catholic faithful entered St. Joseph’s Catholic Church yesterday as three coffins were brought inside. Three coffins — carrying Marcus Guara, 52, his wife, Ana Guara, 42, and their daughters, Lucia, 10, and Emma, 4 — entered the parish, arriving in black Cadillac hearses. At the family’s request, the two children were placed together in one casket, two young lives tragically cut short.

According to the Associated Press, Marcus Guara attended the University of Miami, where he studied business and was also the captain of the rowing team. He worked as a regional sales manager for a New York-based bed-and-bath textile company Kassatex. But he was, above all, a family man.

“He loved life, and he loved his family. I mean, he loved his family dearly. He lived for them,” his cousin Peter Milián told the AP.

Read more at National Catholic Register

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