Funeral companies had been held on Sunday to commemorate 17 lives misplaced per week in the past when New York Metropolis’s deadliest hearth in a long time tore by an condominium constructing within the Bronx. All of the victims had been of West African origin, from Gambia, Mali and Guinea. Half of them had been kids; the youngest was 2.
Fifteen caskets arrived on the Islamic Cultural Middle on Sunday morning, at across the identical time of day that the tragedy had occurred per week earlier, when an area heater caught hearth. (A separate service had been held on Wednesday for the opposite two victims, from Mali.)
Many residents had complained about inadequate heating, and most of the households within the constructing owned house heaters.
The chief of the Islamic middle, Sheikh Musa Drammeh, used the event to denounce the residing circumstances that allowed the hearth to happen, directing his phrases to elected officers who had arrived to pay their respects, together with Mayor Eric Adams, Senator Chuck Schumer and Legal professional Basic Letitia James.
“If these folks lived in Midtown Manhattan, this wouldn’t have occurred. They might not have wanted house heaters. The circumstances by which they lived within the Bronx induced their dying,” he mentioned, turning towards the officers and including: “Mr. Mayor, you heard? Mr. Schumer, you heard?”
What follows are scenes from the group mourning over the weekend:
A crowd gathered exterior the Islamic Cultural Middle on Sunday.
Members of the family and neighbors gathered in tents because the caskets arrived on the middle on Sunday, one for girls and one other for male mourners.
Mourners walked into the middle for the prayer service on Sunday.
Photographs of the victims had been positioned on a memorial in entrance of the Twin Parks North West constructing on Friday.
The group watched as coffins had been introduced into the middle on Sunday.
Hearses lined the streets because the coffins arrived.
Anita Konate cried for the hearth victims as she stood exterior the middle on Sunday.
Mourners held onto a coffin as it’s rolled by the gang.
The boys’s prayer room was packed Sunday morning.
Members of the New York Metropolis Hearth Division attended the prayer service.
The room was packed so tightly that the imam needed to repeatedly shout to clear a path in order that the coffins could possibly be introduced in and be organized.
“What is occurring right here within the Bronx, it’s what is occurring throughout our metropolis, the place the communities with Black, brown and immigrant individuals are,” New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams mentioned on Sunday. “It’s time to finish these inequalities so we don’t have our infants and our households torn aside by tragedy. The American dream for too many burned in that fireside.”
The group at Masjid-Ur-Rahmah grieved whereas Imam Musa Kabba delivered a sermon throughout a separate prayer service on Friday.
The victims, who included eight kids, misplaced their lives from smoke inhalation, based on town’s medical expert.
Those that couldn’t get inside the middle for the Sunday service watched by the home windows.