Friends, brothers, fathers: The men who died in the Dilworth scaffolding collapse

CHARLOTTE — It’s been two days since scaffolding collapsed at a Dilworth construction site, resulting in the deaths of three construction workers and hurting two others.

The workers were killed after falling 70 feet when scaffolding collapsed at the construction site, which is on East Morehead Street at Euclid Avenue.

Since the accident, support has grown for the loved ones of those killed. Channel 9 has spoken to people who knew each man, who identified them as José Canaca, Gilberto Mónico Fernández and Jesús “Chuy” Olivares.


Learn more about the men -- who were friends, brothers and fathers, among other roles -- below:

José Canaca

Family members and friends identified one of the victims as José Canaca. He is remembered as a man full of energy with a love of skateboarding, one of his friends told Channel 9. He was well known in the skateboarding community.

“He was so genuine, loving, goofy,” said Juan Donado. “He made everyone laugh. Great, energetic guy, and I’ll always remember him as that.”

Donado called Canaca his “best friend” and roommate, saying the two had known each other for years.

Gilberto Mónico Fernández

Family members identified Gilberto Mónico Fernández as the second victim in the deadly scaffolding accident. His brother and sister-in-law revealed that he was planning to retire just two weeks later -- on Jan. 15.

Arturo Mónico and Maria Alcantara told Channel 9 that Gilberto was a good man who always helped others.

Alcantara said he was a dedicated worker and he wanted to make enough money to take care of his family in Mexico. She said Fernández’s focus was to make sure his kids and grandkids were taken care of.

Jesús Olivares

Jesús “Chuy” Olivares was identified as the third victim who died Monday.

He was a devoted father to his four kids, with the youngest having just turned 1 year old.

Those who knew him said Olivares was a joyful, happy man who loved life.

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