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At charity tournament in his honor, family of Key Bridge collapse victim hopes his body will be found: 'We keep praying'

Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun on

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BALTIMORE — Friends and family members of Miguel Luna, a construction worker who perished in the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse last month, gathered Sunday in Baltimore for a charity soccer tournament to benefit his family.

Recovery crews are still searching for Luna, a beloved father and grandfather, amid the wreckage in the Patapsco River, as well as one of his crewmates, José Mynor López.

In a video from the soccer tournament shared on Facebook, Luna’s wife, Carmen, said the family continues to pray that his body is found.

“My wish as his wife is please — the governor promised us he would not rest until they find these two bodies,” she said in Spanish. “And we keep praying.”

“Thank you, truly thank you, for everything — for all of the support that we’ve had,” she said.

During the tournament, Carmen Luna and other family members grilled steaks for lines of customers from her bright pink food truck, Pupuseria Y Antojitos Carmencita Luna.


Marvin Luna, 28 and Miguel Luna’s son, played in the tournament, held in the Brooklyn neighborhood. He and his father used to play soccer together on a team called California FC.

“It’s not how we wanted to come together, but sometimes we have to,” said tournament organizer Fermin Acenteno in a video he shared on Facebook, holding an envelope with the funds collected.

“I want to thank all of the people who came, who came and bought food, the teams who came to play, and the friends that gave donations,” he said. “All the people who gave their $50, their $20, their $100, it’s all here.”

Recovery crews have found the bodies of four of the immigrant workers who were killed when the Key Bridge gave way, struck by a massive cargo ship in the middle of the night. In recent weeks, their families have held memorial services locally.


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