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Loved ones remember victim of FIU bridge collapse

Posted at 7:29 PM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-27 19:29:58-04

The images are impossible to forget. The pain unimaginable. Rolando Fraga died here. His family told me it's tough to find the words to describe their loss.

One family member said, "It's been a very horrible situation."

Fraga's nephew Jorge remembers the scene.

"Somebody might have looked at the car and the car seemed to be his car and it was."

Jorge's wife Carol said it was heartbreaking when officials confirmed their loved one was one of the victims.

"They gave us his personal items and he said, it's Rolando," said Carol.

The afternoon of March 16t, Fraga was on his way to meet a friend for lunch when the brand new pedestrian bridge to the Florida International University campus collapsed. The family is now comforting each other with good memories.

"Funny, he was a person with human kind, he always want to help," Carol said.

"He was very nice, friendly, outgoing personality, easy to talk to." Jorge says he will miss those daily talks with his uncle. "I loved the fact that he was sincere and looked at me as a son."

"His family will love him until the day we die. We remember him on the good times, not on this nightmare," Carol added.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation.