Reflecting on the Francis Scott Key Bridge Tragedy

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser Visits WKM’s MacArthur High School Job Site
August 1, 2023

Latino Construction Worker Memorial for Baltimore Bridge

In the early hours of March 26, 2024, the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed, claiming six lives and shaking the community of Baltimore to its core. Among the victims were Miguel Luna, Dorlian Cabrera, Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, Jose Mynor Lopez, and a man known only as Carlos, each leaving behind a legacy of hard work and dedication. These individuals, hailing from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, had no time to react before the bridge came down.

The tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the contributions of Latino workers to our American infrastructure. For decades, Latino workers continue to play a vital role in building and maintaining the bridges, roads, and structures that form the backbone of our nation. Their tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to their craft have helped shape the landscape of our cities and towns, often at great personal risk.

In the face of this tragedy, the officers of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police emerged as unsung heroes, working swiftly to prevent further disaster. Their actions, though often downplayed, serve a crucial role in safeguarding public safety during a moment of crisis.

In memory of Miguel, Dorlian, Alejandro, Maynor, Jose, and Carlos, may we find the courage to rebuild and the compassion to support one another in times of need. Their legacy lives on in the hearts of all who knew them, a reminder of the fragility of life and the bonds that unite us all.

This article is written by the Alliance for Hispanic Commercial Contractors. You can learn more about the services and support they provide on their website at

The featured image is a memorial set by the entrance of Fort Armistead Park in Pasadena to remember the lost workers. Photo by Josh Lopez

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