HOUSTON (AP) — 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. She and her husband, Robert Fariza, were passengers on the train that derailed Wednesday. At least 79 people have died.

Her family describes Myrta Fariza as a “loving wife, mother, sister, mother-in-law, aunt and friend.” They say she provided “irreplaceable love, compassion, courage, friendship and support” to all who knew her.

The family says 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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