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'Thank you for filling my life with joy': Tributes paid to six-year-old who died in Grenfell fire

Yaqub Hashim is the latest child who died in the fire on 14 June to be identified.

unnamed Yaqub Hashim Source: Met Police

THE FAMILY OF a six-year-old boy who died in London’s Grenfell Tower fire in June has paid tribute to their “energetic, sporty, funny, smart and cute boy”.

Yaqub Hashim is the latest child who died in the fire on 14 June to be identified.

In a statement issued by London’s Metropolitan Police, Yaqub’s family said they think of him and “the memories we shared together every single day”.

“The energy you had, oh my. A minute at your presence wouldn’t pass without laughing, just following your movement was enough,” the family said in the letter addressed to Yaqub.

“You were in a rush all the time. Thinking about it now, it feels like you were just trying to use all the energy you had and you didn’t want to waste a second of your unfairly short lifetime.

“It makes me smile when I think about how much energy you had, even from the very beginning. Even before you could walk, you would crawl around on the floor so fast that we could barely keep up.

I’m still so shocked that something this horrible could happen to someone so precious and someone so innocent. I think of you and the memories we shared together every single day.
And I’m so incredibly grateful that out of the unfairly little time you had in this world, I got to spend some of it with you.
Thank you for filling my life and so many others with joy and laughter.

The numbers of people who are believed to have died remains at about 80, according to the Met Police.

An inquiry into the fire has been launched.

The inquiry “can and will provide answers to the pressing questions of how a disaster of this kind could occur in 21st century London,” said Martin Moore-Bick, the retired judge heading up the probe.

Six hundred people are receiving counselling over the fire, including 100 children and some of the firefighters who responded to the blaze.

Almost 200 households need new homes following the fire, but only two have moved into new permanent accommodation.

With reporting by AFP. 

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