UC Student Among 159 Missing After Miami Building Collapse

Ilan Naibryf, a rising fourth-year in the College, and his girlfriend are among the many people who remain unaccounted for as of Friday.


Baila Yassi Brockman

Rising fourth-year Ilan Naibryf and his girlfriend, Deborah Berezdivin.

By Laura Gersony

Rising UChicago fourth-year Ilan Naibryf is among those reported missing after a building collapsed just north of Miami in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Naibryf’s family members posted on social media on Thursday afternoon asking for information about Naibryf and his girlfriend, Deborah Berezdivin.

“My son and his girlfriend were in the collapsed building on Surfside. They are missing. If you have information or hospital access PLEASE PLEASE contact me,” a post by Naibryf’s mother reads, according to a Facebook post screenshotted by NBC 5 Chicago

Chabad at UChicago held a gathering via Zoom on Thursday afternoon to pray for Naibryf, who is the president of the group’s student board, and the other victims of the collapse.

The cause of the building collapse is yet unknown. At least one person has been found dead, and 159 people remain unaccounted for as of Friday evening.