Father to honor son who died in Surfside collapse


With a significant heart, Weston’s Carlos Naibryf will honor his son, Ilan, even though competing in the World Maccabiah Video games in Israel July 12 to 26.

Ilan, who would have turned 23 on Sept. 11, 2022, was one particular of the 98 victims who died in the Champlain Towers South developing collapse on June 24, 2021, in Surfside. Equally he and his sister participated in Maccabi in 2017.

Ilan and his girlfriend, Deborah Berezdivin, 21, were both recovered from the wreckage by to start with responders on July 7. They had been discovered by the Miami-Dade Law enforcement Division. The couple was attending the funeral of a friend’s father and were being keeping with Berezdivin’s dad and mom when it partly collapsed.

Ilan was a physics significant at the University of Chicago and Berezdivin was a pupil at George Washington College.

Carlos, 59, who swam for Argentina at the 1986 Maccabi Online games in the 200- and 400-meter dashes and gained a bronze medal, preferred to honor Ilan at this year’s online games by competing in the Masters Swimming competitiveness. He at the moment trains at the Midtown Club in Weston and is seeking forward to competing July 20 to 23.

“We missing our son Ilan Naibryf in the Surfside creating collapse and I want to honor his earlier participation in the Berlin and Israel Maccabi video games,” Carlos reported. “I am most energized about the bonding, and I am wanting ahead to the unity.”

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“Ilan was his only son,” claimed Ronit Naibryf, who is accompanying her husband and two daughters in Israel. “Ilan was his legacy. Ilan chose to go to the Less than-18 in Berlin and was one particular of the youngest to compete. The next one arrived in 2017 and he just skipped out on a medal in soccer. It is just reliving the companionship, the staff, and the whole Jewish piece to it.

“Carlos has generally been a Maccabi supporter, even when we ended up in Argentina,” Ronit claimed. “When we grew to become American citizens for the U.S., we stayed included. My spouse wished to support the U.S. mainly because that is in which my son was most snug.”

Ilan was organizing to contend in this year’s video games in advance of his existence was slice tragically quick. To this day, Ronit even now remembers the phone phone. Her son had gone down on June 23 to shell out one particular evening at his girlfriend’s grandparents’ property.

“The future morning, I acquired a get in touch with at 6 in the early morning asking if Ilan was property and I requested, ‘Why?’ And they questioned yet again if he was house,” she mentioned. “I said just solution what happened and they claimed the building collapsed. I did not know that they were being talking about, and they explained it was on the news, so I hung up and woke my spouse up and we obtained in the vehicle, but we didn’t know wherever we were being likely.

“We received there and as we all know it was a pile of sand,” she said. “We waited 2 1/2 weeks for his entire body to be returned to us.”

Ilan and his sister, Tali, 25, participated in the 2017 game titles. Ilan was a soccer player, while Tali was a sprinter in observe and discipline. She competed in the 200-meter sprint, 400-meter hurdles and captured a silver medal in the 4×100-meter relay.

Their older sister, Micaela, 27, not too long ago competed in the New York Town Marathon and broke 4 several hours in the race. She also ran with a initial responder from Surfside.


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