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Florida condominium collapse: Remains of a nanny for the family of the President of Paraguay return to his home country


The remains of a 23-year-old Paraguayan woman who worked as a nanny at the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida were returned to her home country on Tuesday.

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

The bodies of the sister of the first lady Sophia López Moreiro, the husband of her sister Luis Pettengill and their youngest child were also recovered from the rubble.

Her 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 had asked me to be there [Luna Villalba’s] Family because he will receive the remains of his relatives next Thursday. ”

Pallbearers carry the coffin with the remains of Leidy Vanessa Luna Villalba in front of her home in Eugenio Garay, Paraguay, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Luna Villalba, a nanny who is employed by the sister of Paraguay's first lady Silvana Lopez Moreira, was among them who died on June 24th in the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida.  (AP Photo / Jorge Saenz)

Pallbearers carry the coffin with the remains of Leidy Vanessa Luna Villalba in front of her home in Eugenio Garay, Paraguay, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Luna Villalba, a nanny who is employed by the sister of Paraguay’s first lady Silvana Lopez Moreira, was among them who died on June 24th in the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida. (AP Photo / Jorge Saenz)

Acevedo added: “Leidy’s mother is being looked after by two psychologists from the Department of Women’s Affairs, but that is where the grief process begins. We have to respect her pain in silence, it’s time for comfort in the hug.”

The death toll in the June 24 overnight collapse rose to 95 on Tuesday, with 14 still missing.

Luna Villalba had completed her nursing degree and was caring for children to earn money to prepare and defend her doctoral thesis.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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