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Ron McCord is living his worst nightmare.
His wife of five years, Jeniffer Muñoz Cadavid, died over the weekend after a boat she was on crashed on the Government Cut jetty.
“I just feel so lonely,” McCord said in an interview with NBC 6. “She’s gone.”
Muñoz was missing for more than 24 hours after the crash. Officials found the 28-year-old’s decomposing body just a few blocks away from the scene.
“I just keep thinking she’s going to walk in the door, respond to my last messages,” McCord said. “I really miss her.”
Husband and wife Chris and Elisaine Colgan, who were also on the boat, died at the scene. Only 37-year-old Troy Forte survived the crash. His family has requested for privacy while he recovers in the hospital.
McCord said he didn’t know anyone on the boat and is unsure how his wife met them.
“I’m sure when he’s ready to talk, he’ll explain what happened. And I’m sure there’s alot of people curious. Not just me,” he said.
Muñoz met her husband in her native Colombia more than 10 years ago. McCord is concerned about funeral arrangements and is trying to get her family in Colombia to come to the funeral in South Florida.
Muñoz’s brother has been in contact with the Colombian consulate to try to get visas and paperwork in order to travel. McCord also set up a GoFundMe to gather some funds for the family and the funeral.
“It’s their last chance to see their sister,” he said. “It’s a very close family. They accepted me into their family right away. They are my second family and always will be.”
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. It happened on the same channel where Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two other men died after their boat hit a jetty in 2016. The crash raised safety concerns to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who called on the Coast Guard to install lights on the jetties. The Coast Guard later determined adding lights would not improve boaters’ safety.