emotion and pain as Lorca has said goodbye to its nine dead, killed in Wednesday’s earthquake.

21:01 El NACHO 0 Comments

The Prince and Princess of Asturias led mourners in the funeral on Friday morning, held in the local fairground. Some 3,000 locals attended the ceremony which saw only four coffins following the express wishes of the families. The other five victims will see small intimate family ceremonies.

The Bishop of Cartagena, José Manuel Lorca Planes, said it was a tragedy which ‘nobody can explain’ and called on the locals to resist the consequences of this ‘dry punch of nature which has generated a scene of anguish and tears’. He called on public institutions and private companies to support the resurrection of this municipality of Murcia.

The Prime Minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, was also present and Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría represented the Partido Popular.
Minister visited the La Viña part of the town, where most of the damage was seen.
‘The earthquake was strong’, he said, ‘but the will to reconstruct will be stronger’. He praised the coordination which had been achieved between administrations since the tragedy, and spoke to some of the residents who observed his visit in silence.