Families of Concordia dead come to shipwreck site

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Tourists relax on rocks in front of the Costa Concordia wreckage on the Giglio Island, Italy, Thursday, July 12, 2012. Works have begun to remove the tons of rocky reef embedded into the Concordia cruise ship's hull, a first step in plans to eventually tow the wreck away from the island, where it ran aground last January. The whole removal process could take as long as a year. In a broadcast interview Tuesday, Concordia's captain Francesco Schettino described the collision as a "banal accident" in which "destiny" played a role. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

GIGLIO, Italy (AP) — Relatives of the 32 people killed in the Costa Concordia shipwreck have sailed to the Italian island where the cruise ship struck a reef six months ago to remember their loved ones.

The Concordia capsized near Giglio, an island off the Tuscan coast, on Jan. 13. On Friday, many family members came to Giglio for a memorial that was to begin at 9:42 p.m., the time when the collision occurred.

Among them was Elio Vincenzi, an Italian whose wife is one of two victims whose bodies were never found.

Vincenzi said "human stupidity" took his wife from him. He was apparently referring to the Concordia captain who allegedly caused the wreck by steering the ship too close to the reef and then abandoning it while passengers were still aboard.