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Texas Woman Hurt in Spanish Train Derailment Dies

Monday, Jul 29, 2013  |  Updated 8:40 AM CDT
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Texan Killed in Catastrophic Train Derailment in Spain

NBC News/Fariza Family Photo

Robert Fariza and his wife Myrta were among the American passengers on the high-speed train that derailed in Northern Spain.

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The family of a Houston woman who was injured in a catastrophic train derailment in Spain says she has died. 

Myrta Fariza died early Sunday in a hospital in Santiago de Compostela, the family said in a written statement.

Fariza and her husband Robert were passengers on the train that derailed Wednesday. At least 79 people have now died from the crash.

Fariza's family described her as a "loving wife, mother, sister, mother-in-law, aunt and friend." They said she provided "irreplaceable love, compassion, courage, friendship and support" to all who knew her. 

The family said they are leaning on faith, family and community as they mourn Fariza. 

Family and friends had created a Facebook page while she was hospitalized titled "Hope for Myrta," where they collected donations and communicated.

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