Moment of Silence To Be Held For Bridge Collapse Victims Monday

A moment of silence will be held at Florida International University Monday to honor the lives lost in the deadly pedestrian bridge collapse near the campus, the University’s president said in a video message posted to Twitter.

“Our hearts continue to ache for the victims of the bridge collapse,” Mark Rosenberg said. “Futures and families have been shattered. Our deepest condolences to the families and their friends.”

The moment of silence will take place at 1:47 p.m. Monday, Rosenberg said. The University is asking the public to participate in the moment of silence to pay tribute to the victims.

“Please join us, wherever you are, and keep the victims and the families in your thoughts.”

Officials said six people died after the 950-ton bridge suddenly fell onto the busy street below on March 15. The concrete structure was built to connect the campus to the adjoining City of Sweetwater. 

One of the victims was confirmed to be an FIU student studying political science.

“This tragedy hits home,” Rosenberg said. “We all had family and friends in the area, and we’re shaken.”

Watch the full video message in the player above. 

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