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The Remains of Two of the Latino Victims in the Baltimore Tragedy Were Recovered 

As investigators comb through the wreckage of the cargo ship that collided with Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, divers brave the depths in search of the Latino construction workers who fell into the bay. Wednesday saw the recovery of the bodies of two of them, with the others presumed deceased. 

The victims are identified as 35-year-old Mexican Alejandro Fernández Fuentes and 26-year-old Guatemalan Dorlián Castillo Cabrera, as announced by the Maryland Police.

The bodies of two of the men were discovered by divers inside a submerged red truck, approximately 23 feet underwater near the bridge’s midpoint, revealed Colonel Roland L. Butler Jr., superintendent of the Maryland State Police, during an evening press conference. 

While two were rescued, the fate of the other victims, part of a construction crew repairing potholes on the bridge, remains unknown and is presumed fatal. 

Among the missing were individuals from Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. 

The names of the victims were: 

  • Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes 
  • Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera 
  • Maynor Suazo Sandoval 
  • Miguel Luna  

The names of the remaining two victims have not been released. 

What We Know About the Tragedy of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse

The crew of the cargo ship issued a distress call early Tuesday, reporting power loss and steering failure moments before it struck one of the bridge’s columns. 

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) boarded the vessel to retrieve data from its electronic systems and documents. The agency is also analyzing the recovered voyage data recorder to piece together the events leading up to the collision, which authorities have deemed an accident. 

The bridge was a crucial transportation link forming part of the city’s highway loop and the city is scrambling to find a way to move past this tragedy. The disaster has also shut down the port, a lifeline for the city’s shipping industry. 

The sudden loss of a highway carrying 30,000 vehicles per day and the disruption of a vital maritime port will affect not only thousands of port workers and travelers but also consumers in the United States, who are likely to feel the impact of shipping delays. 

But what matters the most in this situation is the pain the victims’ families are feeling. May they get all the support they need to move forward. And may the United States recognize the hard work of these Latino immigrants who worked until the last moment of their lives in search of a better future.  

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