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Jamaican woman and family killed in Italy bridge collapse

BRIDGE COLLAPSE: Dawna Munroe, her husband Cristian Cecala and their daughter Crystal

A JAMAICAN woman and her family have been confirmed as victims of the bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy.

Dawna Munroe, her Italian husband Cristian Cecal and their nine-year-old daughter Crystal have all been confirmed as victims of the tragedy that took place on August 15.

The family’s bodies were recovered from the collapse site on Monday, bringing the death toll to 43.

In a statement, Kamina Johnson Smith, Jamaica’s minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, said: “We recognise that this is a most tragic and traumatic incident and we continue to pray for all the families and the country of Italy during this difficult period of national mourning.”

Johnson Smith said that her department had been supporting relatives since the discovery was made.

She said: “Although we are only commenting on the matter of the Cecala family now, the Ministry has been communicating with relatives through our ambassador as well as Jamaica’s honorary consul in Rome and has offered support. We are, however, mindful of certain sensitivities surrounding the event and must always act responsibly and in ways that are in the best interest of the families.”

Representatives of both families are in Italy. As the family held Italian citizenship, the Italian government is taking responsibility of the arrangements.

Johnson Smith has offered her condolences to both the Cecala and Munroe families via the Jamaican ambassador in Geneva.

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