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Loyola Alum Killed in Florida Condominium Collapse

Zack Miller | The PhoenixA Loyola alumnus was among those found dead after a 12-story building collapsed in Florida.

A Loyola alumnus was among those found dead after a condominium partially collapsed in Florida about two weeks ago. 

Part of Champlain Towers South — a 12 story residential building overlooking the ocean —  crashed to the ground at 1:30 a.m. June 24. About 160 people, including Loyola graduate Juan Mora and his parents, were reported missing after the building fell, the AP reported

Mora’s body was found July 7 but his parents are still unaccounted for, according to a July 8 news release from the Miami-Dade Police Department. Recovery crews stopped looking for survivors July 7 as no one had been found alive since the first hours after the building fell, the AP reported

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Cava said in a July 9 press conference 78 people have been found dead and 62 people remain missing. 

Mora, 36, graduated from Loyola in 2011 and worked as an executive at Morton Salt managing East Coast road salt distribution. The Miami Herald reported he was visiting his parents who lived in the condominium when it collapsed. 

Mora earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration as well as international business and marketing, according to Loyola spokesperson Anna Rozenich. He also minored in Asian studies.

Morton Salt plans to make a $25,000 donation to a local agency “to assist with relief efforts and support services,” the company’s statement said. 

While attending Loyola, Mora spent a year abroad at the university’s campus in Beijing, which has since closed. Since graduating, Mora has remained involved at the university and served as a panelist during an event at Loyola’s Quinlan School of Businesses’ Career Strategy Series in 2016, Rozenich said. 

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