The medical examiner has identified the second body pulled from the rubble of three collapsed buildings as that of Moises Locon, CBS News and other sites report. The 26-year-old busboy had been working 12 hours a day, six days a week at Sushi Park in order to save up money for a return to Guatemala, according to the Wall Street Journal. He planned to return to a girlfriend there, family members told the Times. A coworker told NY1 about his final moments with Locon.
The family of the blast’s other fatality, Nicholas Figueroa, has raised over $20,000 for his funeral. [CBS NY]
Stage Restaurant, across the street from the blast site, was forced to close after Con Ed responded to a gas leak in the building’s basement and the Department of Buildings found gas piping being installed without a permit. [Gothamist]
A pair of City Council members have proposed legislation that would require journeymen plumbers to get 200 hours of training for gas work in order to be certified. [NY Post]
The number of complaints about gas leaks has doubled since the East Village blast. [PIX11]
City Council Member Rosie Mendez and others are hosting an informational session Thursday for residents of buildings 119, 121, 123, 125 2nd Avenue and 41-43, 45 East 7th Street. [Rosie Mendez]
In happier news, three out of five missing cats reported to the ASPCA have been found, including two, Sebastian and Kitty Cordelia, who belong to the same owner. [NBC NY]