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Philadelphia building collapse victims: What we know

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Details are beginning to emerge about the six people killed in Wednesday's building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets in Center.

City officials identified the victims on Thursday afternoon. Here is what we know so far about the victims:

Anne Bryan

Bryan, 24, was the daughter of Philadelphia City Treasurer Nancy Winkler and a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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    David Brigham, PAFA's chief executive and president, said Bryan "believed in the importance of art, took her work seriously, and was very committed to learning, improving her skills and exploring different mediums as a means of expressing complex ideas."

    Winkler described her daughter as "joyful" and said she "loved to give to other people," her Inquirer obituary says.

    The obituary says Bryan attended Scripps College from 2008 to 2011, and did a home stay in rural Ecuador during that time. She was also a camper and hiker, the obituary says.

    Roseline Conteh

    Conteh, 52, was an immigrant from Sierra Leone, according to 6ABC.

    A niece, Josephine Lamin, told CBS Philadelphia: "It is a big sacrifice when we come to this country. They did not come to America to die." Relatives told the television station that Conteh loved her family and bargain-hunting.

    She was a mother of nine who worked in nursing, the Daily News reports.

    Borbor Davis

    Davis, 68, had worked for the Salvation Army for five years, according to the Inquirer. His wife, Maggie Davis, told the Inquirer that the Liberian immigrant did a variety of jobs, from "tagging used clothes to selling them."

    His daughter-in-law, Michelle McClain, told Fox29 that Maggie Davis' husband was "her best friend." 

    His stepdaughter, Maryann M. Mason, told NBC Philadelphia that Borbor Davis "loved my mom so much."

    Others at their church looked up to the couple, Rev. Moses Suah-Dennis, the Lansdowne church's pastor, told WHYY. "He and his wife, Maggie Davis, were always together, you know. So they were an inspiration to our church. ... Part of our practice as Liberians is we honor a particular man and a particular woman as the father and mother of the year. And we gave him that honor three years ago."

    Kimberly Finnegan

    Finnegan, 35, was a Salvation Army employee working her first day at the Center City store who became engaged last month. "She wasn't just my fiancee," Bob Coleman, who proposed to Finnegan on May 25, told the Daily News. "She was my best friend. It was me and her."

    Lorraine Coleman, Coleman's stepmother and the wife of Common Pleas Court Judge Robert P. Coleman, told the DN that Finnegan was "bubbly, playful and adventurous. She did everything -- zip-lining, snorkeling, fishing. She loved it all."

    Finnegan had previously been assigned to a Salvation Army rehabilitation center in Roxborough; Wednesday was her first day at a new job as a cashier in Center City, Maj. Robert Dixon, the Salvation Army's director of operations, told the Inquirer.

    A friend, Heather Sizemore, brought flowers and a collage memorializing Finnegan to the collapse site. "She was a wonderful person," Sizemore told 6ABC

    Juanita Harmon

    Harmon, 75, was a retired secretary from the University of Pennsylvania, a neighbor told the Inquirer, and often took her grandchildren to the zoo.

    Her brother, former WDAS personality Charles "Fuss" Harmon, told 6ABC that she loved ornaments and went to the Salvation Army every Wednesday. "She loved bargains, and she would catch the subway downtown," he said. "Wednesday was her day to go to that thrift store to get bargains. Her house is full of ornamental things."

    Neighbors told CBS Philadelphia that she walked her dog on the block nearly every day.

    Mary Simpson

    Simpson, 24, was a friend of Bryan's. The two were on a morning shopping trip when the buildings collapsed, the Inquirer reports.

    She was an accomplished figure skater, a friend told the Inquirer. "One of the things that sticks out about Mary is her dedication," Lauren Gambescia said. Gambrescia also said Simpson "didn't have a mean bone in her body."

    She graduated from the New England Institute of Art in 2011 and a professor told the Inquirer she was a top student.

    Simpson skated at the Philadelphia Skating Club in Ardmore, 6ABC reports.

    Injured victims identified

    The city also identified those injured in the collapse as: Margarita Agosta, Shirley Ball, Linda Bell, Betty Brown, , Rodney Geddis, Felicia Hill, Daniel Johnson, Rosemary Kreutzberg, Myra Plekan, Susan Randall, Jennifer Reynolds, Richard Stasiorowski and Nadine White.


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