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Retired real-estate investor among dead in Florida building collapse

July 5, 2021 | 3:56pm | Updated July 5, 2021 | 6:18pm

A retired real-estate investor with Brooklyn ties is among the 27 people confirmed dead in Florida’s building collapse, kin and officials say.

David Epstein, 56, was pulled from the rubble Sunday, just two days after first-responders found his wife, 56-year-old Bonnie Epstein, in the debris, the Miami Herald said.

The couple has a son, Jonathan, 26, who lives in Brooklyn, the outlet reported.

“Heartbroken to share that both my parents’ remains have been recovered by the rescue teams in Miami,” Jonathan Epstein wrote on Facebook on Sunday.

“Thank you to everyone for your kind words over this impossible week,” he wrote. “My parents were really the best and it’s been so comforting to relive the joy of their lives through the testimony of friends and loved ones.

Bonnie Epstein and her husband, David, were on the ninth floor when the building collapsed.David and Bonnie Epstein were on the ninth floor when the building collapsed.

“Mom and Dad — I love you both so much, and I’m so so proud to be your son.”

The couple was planning a trip to New York to visit their son when they were killed, said their condo neighbor Jay Miller to The Washington Post.

Bonnie Epstein told Miller the trip was delayed because her husband suffered an arm injury and was still undergoing physical therapy, the neighbor said.

After a brief stoppage to demolish the standing remains, Search and Rescue personnel continue working in the rubble pile of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo on July 5, 2021 in Surfside, Florida.After a brief stoppage to demolish the standing remains, Search and Rescue personnel continue working in the rubble pile of the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South condo on July 5, 2021 in Surfside, Florida.GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images

The Epsteins lived in a ninth-floor condo at Champlain Tower South in Surfside with their dog Chase and were home when the building collapsed shortly before 1:30 a.m. on June 24, burying nearly 150 people under tons of concrete.

Officials said 118 people remain unaccounted for as of Monday.

Richard Oller, a former business partner, said the Epsteins were obsessed with the water and cherished their waterfront condo, the Herald reported.

A controlled explosion brought down the unstable remains of the collapsed apartment block in Florida late on July 4A controlled explosion brought down the unstable remains of the collapsed apartment block in Florida late on July 4.GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images

Oller said in a Facebook post after the collapse that David Epstein was a graduate of the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and was a 17-year-old freshman when Oller took him on as an intern.

They were ultimately business partners and remained close friends.

Oller said he had spoken to Epstein just two days before the building fell.

“He and I agreed to connect at the Jersey Shore after July 4th,” Oller wrote on June 25, before Epstein was identified. “Maybe will take the jet skis out. Our Wednesday conversation wasn’t at all unusual.

“What makes this call unusual is my fear and believe that it was our last.”

The couple has a son, Jonathan, 26, who lives in Brooklyn, the outlet reported.

Source: https://nypost.com/2021/07/05/retired-real-estate-investor-among-dead-in-building-collapse/

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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