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Miss Italy hopeful competes in memory of Costa victim mom

'She's following me step by step' says survivor

Miss Italy hopeful competes in memory of Costa victim mom

Florence, July 2 - The daughter of a woman killed in the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster last year off the Tuscan coast says she is vying to become Miss Italy in her mother's memory. Stefania Vincenzi, 18, survived the crash but still does not know what became of her mother Maria Grazia Tricarichi who is believed to have drowned in the January 2012 disaster that killed 32. Vincenzi said she entered the beauty pageant because that was something her mother always wanted for her daughter. "I pay tribute to a desire of my mother: we agreed that at 18-years-old I would take part in Miss Italy and she would follow me step by step," said Vincenzi. "I do everything as if she was still there". Vincenzi, who lives in Priolo, Sicily, was saved by her boyfriend when the cruise liner crashed on rocks off the island of Giglio. The captain of the cruise ship, Francesco Schettino, allegedly brought the massive ship too close to the rocks as he tried to "salute" local people. He is now facing multiple criminal charges.

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