The mother of Alex Ghassan, an artist from New Jersey who is among the missing after the deadly warehouse fire in Oakland, California, shared her emotional frustration with ABC 7.
Emilie Grandchamps said her son Alex was a producer-director who attended the 'Ghost Ship Warehouse' party Friday night in Oakland with his fiancée, Hannah.
Since the fire occurred, Emilie has not heard from Alex or any officials in California identifying her son.
"I've prepared myself for the worst and I pray for the best," Emilie told Eyewitness News. "It's excruciating. Everybody is calling, asking, wondering.”
Alex and Hannah, who met while he worked on a project in Europe, were inside the Oakland warehouse when the fatal fire began.
A friend who was with the couple told Emilie that it was too dark for him to see or help anyone get out. He explained to her that he had to put his hands on the wall and feel his way out for an exit.
Alex has twin 4-year-old girls who live with their mother in Hoboken.
So far, 7 other victims have been identified:
Askew was a musician and guitarist for the band Them Are Us Too.
Cline graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied cognitive science and computer science.
Gomez-Hall was an administrative assistant at Counterpoint Press, a publishing house located in West Berkeley.
Hoda was a teacher at a Montessori school.
Hough was a member of the electronic band Ghost of Lightning.
Kellogg worked at Highwire Coffee Roasters in Berkeley.
Wittenauer was a singer with the band Symbiotix.Fungi.
(Photo: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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