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'I'm so sorry that you had to leave this way': Two more Grenfell victims named

In all, 34 victims have been named so far.

Ali Jafari (l) and Yahya Hashim (r) are the latest victims to have been identified
Ali Jafari (l) and Yahya Hashim (r) are the latest victims to have been identified
Image: Metropolitan Police

THE METROPOLITAN POLICE in London has formally identified two more victims from the Grenfell Tower fire, bringing the total number named so far to 34.

Yahya Hashim was 13-years-old. Ali Jafari was 82.

In a statement on behalf of Hashim’s family, his aunt said: “You were the most kind, polite, loving, generous, thankful and pure hearted boy I ever knew.

Your dream of what you wanted to be when you grow up was very different from what other children dream of. You wanted to be Ustaz: a religion/Islamic teacher. Everyone that met you used to fall in love with your politeness and pure heartedness.

“I am so sorry that you had to leave this way. I am so sorry that you had to go through so much. I am so sorry that you were let down. I am so sorry that I was not there to alleviate your pain. Sorry!”

A statement released on behalf of Jafari’s family said: “Mr Ali Jafari, aged 82, died following being caught up in the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Mr Jafari is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren. Ali was loved and will be greatly missed by his family and the wider community.


Last night, hundreds of people held a vigil for the victims of the London tower block inferno.

Four weeks after a devastating fire ripped through Grenfell Tower in west London, mourners lit candles in an area filled with pictures, flowers and handwritten notes of remembrance.

“I know people who have been lost, I know people who have lost people, I know people who are besides themselves with grief. It is really, really difficult,” local MP Emma Dent Coad said.

A minute’s silence was held during which many wept, after which people attending the vigil sang Bob Marley’s One Love.

Authorities believe the final death toll from the Grenfell fire will be about 80.

With reporting from AFP

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