Focus Turns To Bringing “Home” Caribbean Victims Of Italy Bridge Collapse

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Jamaica-born Dawna Munroe, her husband and their daughter were killed in the Genoa, Italy Bridge collapse. (Facebook image)
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Aug. 22, 2018: The Caribbean-born family who lost both a daughter and a granddaughter in the horrific bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy last week, have now turned to the heartbreaking chore of trying to bring them “home.”

The family of Jamaica-born Dawna Munroe and her nine-year-old daughter Crystal want to get their bodies released from the Italian government to begin making arrangements to ship their remains back to their homeland.

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Munore, r, with her Italian husband Cristian Cecala and their daughter, Crystal.

Munroe along with Cristian Cecala, her Italian husband and father of her daughter, are among 43 victims of the tragic accident. They family had been en route to Livorno to take the ferry to the island of Elba, where they planned on vacationing, when the Morandi motorway collapsed. They were reportedly buried under concrete for three days and were among the last victims to be pulled out.

Jamaica Loop News reports that members of the Munroe family have traveled to Italy to identify the body and try to get an international death certificate.

Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, said she has conveyed condolences, through the Jamaican Ambassador in Geneva, to the Cecala and Munroe families.

According to her Facebook page, Munroe was born in Sheffield, Westmoreland. She married her husband in 2008 and moved to Novara, Italy in 2009.

In CCTV footage released by Italy’s Finance Police, several cars and a truck can be seen driving underneath the bridge moments before it collapses.

Video from another angle shows a man walking by seconds before rubble from the bridge crashes down nearby.

A man can then be seen running through the rubble and later a cat makes its way through the debris.

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