Maria Amador, director of education at the Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, has died, according to a statement from university president Donna E. Shalala.
“Today we mourn the terrible loss of a special member of the University of Miami family,” Shalala said in her statement to the university community. “[Maria] was beloved by her colleagues and the many people she served with dedication and compassion.”
Amador is survived by two children, 16-year old son Javier, who escaped the house and called 911 on a cordless phone, and 20-year-old daughter, Beula ”Bea” Beatriz Amador, a sophomore majoring in music education in the Frost School of Music.
“We will do all we can to help [Bea] and wrap our arms around her as she deals with this tragedy,” Frost School Dean Shelly Berg said in the statement.
The university has established a fund to assist Bea and Javier through this tragedy. If you wish to contribute to this fund, please send a check payable to The University of Miami, P.O. Box 248073, Coral Gables, FL 33124. Please include on the checks that funds are for the benefit of the Amador Family.