Hope fades for worker missing after building collapse

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Steve Budhoo, the brother of Robert Budhoo, who is believed to be still trapped in the collapsed parking garage at the Miami Dade College West campus, said he was “shook up” and that it was hard for him to look at the debris.J Pat Carter / AP
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One man remained missing in the rubble of a collapsed parking garage at Miami Dade College Thursday as firefighters pulled out of the school's west campus for the night, NBCMiami.com reported.

Authorities said they do not believe the missing man is alive.

Family members identified him as Robert Budhoo. His daughter, Tasha Budhoo, said he had been working at the site about three weeks. She said he had worked there before as well.

Budhoo's brother, Steve Budhoo, said he was “shook up,” adding that it was hard for him to look at the debris.

We "break down and then we console each other," he said.

Samuel Perez, 53, died Thursday, just hours after he was pulled out of the debris.

He was pulled from the rubble by rescue workers at about 1 a.m., some 13 hours after the collapse, Miami-Dade Police said.

Rescue workers had to amputate both of Perez's legs above the knees to free him from the debris, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said.

He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later died around 4 a.m., Miami-Dade Police said.

"It was an emotional experience for the entire team. The team spent 13 hours in the effort to rescue this individual. It's emotional for everyone who is involved in it. Though you accept the fact that death is a possibility, you always have hope as a rescuer," Firefighter Michelle Fayed, of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, said.

Rescue officials survey damage in the collapsed parking garage at the Miami Dade College West campus in Doral, Fla. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. One person is still missing. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)J Pat Carter / AP

Police also identified the first two workers killed in the collapse as 48-year-old Carlos Hurtado de Mendoza and 60-year-old Jose Calderon.

At least seven workers were brought to the hospital with unidentified injuries, police said.

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