Richard Augustine confirmed as Florida condo collapse victim

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021
3rd Chicagoan ID'd as victim of FL condo collapse
Richard Augustine is the third Chicagoan to be identified as a victim recovered from the Florida building collapse.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The third man from Chicago reported missing after the Surfside condo collapse has been identified as one of the victims searchers has recovered.

Richard Augustine, 77, lived in the penthouse of Champlain Towers South. His daughter, Debbie Hill, said he had just returned to his condo after visiting the West Coast and was preparing to visit Chicago the night of the collapse.

His body was recovered last week but he was just identified. In total, 94 people have been declared dead in the collapse and 22 people are still unaccounted for.

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Two other Chicagoans are known to be victims of the disaster. University of Chicago student Ilan Naibryf was recovered from the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condominium building, University of Chicago officials announced Friday.

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Ilan Naibryf, Juan Mora, Richard Augustine all reported missing

"Ilan was a scholar, entrepreneur and admired campus leader. The second person in his family to attend the College, he was a physics major with a minor in molecular engineering and was active within the campus community. He also was co-founder and CEO of STIX Financial, a 2021 College New Venture Challenge finalist, served as president of the Chabad House student board, was a former member of the men's track and field team, and was active in recreational soccer. He will be greatly missed," the university said in a statement.

Naibryf was a rising fourth-year student and a member of the student board of Chabad on campus.

He was staying with his girlfriend, Deborah Berezdivin, to attend a funeral in south Florida at the time of the collapse on June 24. Berezdivin is also missing.

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Loyola University grad, 32-year-old Juan Alberto Mora Jr., has also been recovered and was identified Thursday, according to officials.

He was also visiting the condo building where his parents lived. They are also believed to be among the victims.

Morton Salt released a statement Friday regarding the identification of Mora Jr.

"Morton Salt is devastated to learn of the loss of our dear colleague and friend Juan Mora as a result of the Champlain Towers South condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida. The official confirmation brings immense shock and sadness to our entire Morton Salt team.

Juan was a bright light in our lives and known throughout our company as an extremely friendly, kind, thoughtful, compassionate and humorous individual. He regularly went above and beyond in his role to improve our business and company culture, and always demonstrated great dedication, passion and pride in everything he did.

Throughout his career with Morton Salt, Juan built strong and lasting relationships with his colleagues, and his presence will be truly missed by all of us.

We will continue to keep Juan, his family and friends and all the victims of this devastating collapse in our hearts and minds during this extremely difficult time."

The Associated Press contributed to this article.