The cruise ship Costa Concordia partially sank on January 13, 2012 after hitting a coral reef off the coast of Italy. Among the 32 who died were two Minnesotans.
GIGLIO, Italy - Relatives of the 32 people killed in the Costa Concordia shipwreck have sailed to the Italian island where the cruise ship struck a reef six months ago to remember their loved ones.
The Concordia capsized near Giglio, an island off the Tuscan coast, on Jan. 13. On Friday, many family members came to Giglio for a memorial that was to begin at 9:42 p.m., the time when the collision occurred.
Among them was Elio Vincenzi, an Italian whose wife is one of two victims whose bodies were never found.
Vincenzi said "human stupidity" took his wife from him. He was apparently referring to the Concordia captain who allegedly caused the wreck by steering the ship too close to the reef and then abandoning it while passengers were still aboard.
Jerry and Barbara Heil of White Bear Lake were among those who died in the shipwreck.
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