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Journalist Loses Husband And Home In East Harlem Explosion

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HARLEM EXPLOSION
Debris covers the roof a building as smoke continues to rise behind it from the site of a building explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014 in New York. Rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies Thursday from the rubble of two New York City apartment buildings, raising the death toll to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal. The explosion Wednesday | ASSOCIATED PRESS

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is asking for help in support of a member who lost her husband and all of her belongings in the Harlem explosion Wednesday.

Liseth Perez, editor of Life and Style for El Diario, lost her husband Andreas Panagopoulos and "all her worldly possessions" in the explosion and collapse of two buildings in East Harlem, according to NAHJ NYC. The tragedy appeared to be the result of a gas leak and has taken at least nine lives and injured dozens more.

The NAHJ took to Twitter Friday to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Perez' behalf.

The association urged its members to come together and "unite in solidarity" in an effort to help Perez' get back some of what she has lost.

"We ask everyone who is able to, to please donate money to this crowdfunding campaign," the association said. "Help Liseth begin to rebuild her life. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of the explosion in East Harlem."

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