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Tribute to stillborn baby as Grenfell inquiry opens

Chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the inquiry will hear from relatives or friends of every one of those killed as a result of the fire, with their words entered in as evidence.

As he opened the hearing, Mr Moore-Bick reminded those gathered that the tributes were an integral part of the inquiry and would serve as a reminder of why it is being conducted.

The youngest victim of the fire was Logan Gomes, who was stillborn after his mother Andreia escaped the block.

Tribute to stillborn baby as Grenfell inquiry opens
Tribute to stillborn baby as Grenfell inquiry opens

His father Marcio spoke of how his family had begun preparations for his arrival and of the happiness knowing he was coming brought them.

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Describing the moment he held his stillborn son, Mr Gomes told the inquiry: “He looked just like he was sleeping.

“In the moment we felt our hearts break. But we were able to be with him.”

Hugging his wife while crying, Mr Gomes credited her strength and courage for bringing them through the last 11 months.

  • Tony Disson was last in contact with his family at 3am and was still inside the buildingTony Disson was last in contact with his family at 3am and was still inside the building

    Tony Disson, 65

    The 65-year-old retired lorry driver had lived on the 10th floor of Grenfell Tower for eight years.

    After getting trapped inside his flat, the great-grandfather reportedly called a friend and said: “Tell my sons that I love them.”

    He lost contact with his family at about 3am.

    In a statement, Mr Disson’s family described him as a “real family man”.

    They said: “Tony was the most generous person you could ever meet, he didn’t have much but would always be there to help people.”

    Mr Disson is survived by four sons, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A sixth grandchild was due in September.

    He was laid to rest a mile from the tower in Ladbroke Grove at a ceremony in June attended by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

  • Ali Yawar JafariAli Yawar Jafari

    Ali Yawar Jafari, 82

    Mr Jafari lived on the 10th floor and tried to escape the tower with his wife and daughter when the fire broke out.

    They got in a lift but Mr Jafari got out on the 10th floor after suffering breathing difficulties.

    His son, Hamid Ali Jafari, said his father lost contact with his mother and sister, who lived with him on the 10th floor.

    An inquest heard he was pulled from the building by firefighters but pronounced dead at the scene.

    The provisional cause of his death was given as “inhalation of fire fumes” with a second cause of coronary and hypertensive heart disease.

    Mr Jafari’s family said he was “loved and will be greatly missed by his family and the wider community”.

  • Abdeslam Sebbar - 11th floorAbdeslam Sebbar - 11th floor

    Abdeslam Sebbar, 77

    Mr Sebbar’s remains were found in his flat on the 11th floor.

    The 77-year-old was identified by DNA.

    He died from the inhalation of fumes.

  • Denis Murphy - 14th floorDenis Murphy - 14th floor

    Denis Murphy, 56

    Denis Murphy lived on the 14th floor of Grenfell Tower, in flat 11.

    During the blaze, the 56-year-old called his family to say he was trapped.

    They spoke of an “agonising 10 weeks” before he was formally identified.

    In a statement, Mr Murphy’s family said: “The pain, loss and sorrow we feel is indescribable and we have been left devastated with a gaping hole in our hearts that can never be filled.

    “To us he was an inspiration and an amazing, selfless, caring person and we feel lucky and blessed that he was part of our family, and his warmth and love will stay with us forever.

    “What really matters to us is what he stood for, family, friends, community, loyalty and love, and our lives will never be the same without him.”

    Speaking on the first day of the Grenfell inquiry, his family recalled how he was a talented footballer and runner in his youth.

    With an absent father, the family man was described as a paternal figure by his siblings. His sister described him as a “hero”.

    He leaves behind a son, Peter.

  • Jeremiah and Zainab DeanJeremiah and Zainab Dean

    Zainab Deen, 32

    The 32-year-old, who lived on the 14th floor of Grenfell Tower, has been formally identified as one of the victims.

    She was on the phone to her brother until 4am.

    Her parents, Zainu and Maria Deen, confirmed their daughter had died.

    Ms Deen’s two-year-old son Jeremiah was also killed in the blaze.

    An inquest recorded her provisional cause of death as “being consistent with the effects of fire”.

    Originally from Sierra Leone, Ms Deen was described as a “beautiful, loving lady” when a group of friends gathered near Grenfell Tower to pay tribute to her.

    Isha Thomas, a friend of Ms Deen, said she believed she had followed advice not to leave the tower block.

  • Jeremiah Deen - 14th floorJeremiah Deen - 14th floor

    Jeremiah Deen, 2

    The two-year-old was reported missing following the fire, and was formally identified as a victim at the beginning of August 2017.

    Zainu and Maria Deen, the toddler’s grandparents, paid tribute to Jeremiah and said: “You spent a moment in our arms, but you will last a lifetime in our hearts.”

    An inquest heard that Jeremiah’s remains were found alongside his mother Zainab, and he had been identified through DNA.

    The provisional cause of his death was “consistent with the effects of fire”.

  • Civil engineering student Mohammed Alhajali phoned a friend to say goodbyeCivil engineering student Mohammed Alhajali phoned a friend to say goodbye

    Mohammad Alhajali, 23

    Mr Alhajali, a civil engineering student, lived on the 14th floor with his older brother Omar who managed to escape from the fire.

    Trapped inside the flat for two hours after being separated from his sibling, he called a friend in Syria, asking him to say goodbye to his family who he had been unable to reach.

    Mr Alhajali had fled Syria with his two brothers in 2014 to start a new life in London, studying at the University of West London. He had hoped to return one day to help the country.

    His friend lost contact with him at 5am. He sent one final message saying: “The fire is here now goodbye”.

    Mr Alhajali was the first victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be identified.

    His body was found outside the building, and an inquest found that he died from injuries consistent with falling from a height.

    A family statement read at his funeral service a week after the fire and attended by London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he “loved London and the people he met here”.

    Mr Alhajali was “a loving and caring person”, the tribute said, who was “always showing support and solidarity for friends and family stuck back in Syria”.

  • Steve told a friend he was reluctant to leave the flat without his two dogsSteve told a friend he was reluctant to leave the flat without his two dogs

    Steve Power, 63

    The 63-year-old was reported to be reluctant to leave his two dogs, and is understood to have remained in his flat on the 15th floor.

    A local man who knew him told Sky News: “He wouldn’t leave his dogs and it cost him his life.”

    His daughter posted an appeal on Twitter as she searched for Mr Power.

  • Iranian Hamid Kani lived on the 15th floor of the tower blockIranian Hamid Kani lived on the 15th floor of the tower block

    Hamid Kani, 61

    The 61-year-old Iranian lived alone in flat 154 on the 15th floor of Grenfell Tower.

    However, his body was recovered on the 23rd floor – suggesting he fled upstairs in search of safety.

    In a statement, his family, who all live in Iran, said he would be remembered “for his wit, compassion and devotion to his family and friends”.

    They added: “No words can express our sorrow for his loss and the way he left us. He will always be part of our lives and his memory will live on.”

    His family said he struggled with hearing problems and wore hearing aids.

    An inquest was told he died of injuries “consistent with the effects of fire”.

  • Deborah Lamprell lived on the 16th floor of the buildingDeborah Lamprell lived on the 16th floor of the building

    Deborah Lamprell, 45

    Ms Lamprell, known as Debbie, lived on the 16th floor and worked front of house at Opera Holland Park.

    On the night of the fire, she sent a text message to her mother at around 11.30pm. That was the last that was heard from her.

    She was described by her mother as “a wonderful, precious daughter, always smiling and helping others”.

    To honour Deborah and other victims of the fire, Opera Holland Park held a special encore after a performance in July.

    Before the show a private memorial service was held for about 100 people, including family and performers at the venue.

    Michael Volpe, general director at the company, said she had worked for them for several years and described her as “a really valued member of staff”.

    He said: “Not only was she known to all of our patrons, she was really popular with all the singers, chorus and the orchestra and she had a lovely way about her.”

  • Ernie and Marjorie VitalErnie and Marjorie Vital

    Marjorie Vital, 68

    Marjorie lived on the 16th floor of Grenfell Tower in a flat she shared with her son, Ernie. He was also killed in the blaze.

    She had lived there almost since the tower was built in the 70s and had worked in the textile industry for many years after coming to the UK from Dominica.

    Her family said: “She was a beautiful, joyful, independent, intelligent, kind-hearted, sensitive individual who dedicated her life to her children.”

  • Ernie Vital - 16th floorErnie Vital - 16th floor

    Ernie Vital, 50

    Ernie had been staying with his mother, Marjorie, in her flat on the 16th floor. She also died in the fire.

    Ernie was formally identified on 23 August 2017. An inquest into his death opened on 30 August heard that his remains were found on the 23rd floor.

    He was identified through DNA.

    His family said he worked in the catering industry.

    “He was a creative individual who pursued a creative life. He was a proud, humble, mature and independent man,” his family said.

    “He was a loyal son and a law abiding citizen who maintained good relationships with all those he met in society.

    “He will be remembered as a kind, sensitive and caring person with a warm hearted smile.”

  • Joseph Daniels - 16th floorJoseph Daniels - 16th floor

    Joseph Daniels, 69

    Joseph Daniels lived on the 16th floor of Grenfell Tower.

    He reportedly suffered from dementia and was confused so could not be persuaded to move by his son to leave the building.

    He was identified through DNA.

    An inquest heard he died from injuries consistent with the effects of fire.

    His son, speaking on the first day of the Grenfell inquiry, said: “the events of that night took his life and all trace of his existence from this world”. He said it should not have happened.

  • Sheila SmithSheila Smith

    Sheila Smith, 84

    The 84-year-old’s body was recovered on the 16th floor of the tower, where she had lived for 34 years.

    Sheila had two sons, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and was said to be a “very active and well-respected” member of the community.

    Her family said: “Sheila was cycling around London, performing yoga daily and swimming regularly in the Kensington Leisure Centre until she was 80 years old.

    “As a family we are heartbroken as to this senseless tragedy that took her far too early, and will do all we can to honour her name.”

    Friend Gary, who had known her for 20 years, said she was a “truly beautiful person” and she was “love, pure and simple”.

    “We shared a great interest in history, Shakespeare, the Knights Templar, et cetera and she had a great spirituality about her.”

    An inquest opening heard she died from “the effects of the fire”.

  • Kamru MiahKamru Miah

    Kamru Miah, 79

    Mr Miah lived on the 17th floor with his wife Rabeya Begum, their daughter, and two sons.

    He had difficulty walking and his grown-up children stayed in the tower because they knew their parents were not mobile enough to escape.

    They had been housed in Grenfell Tower about a year before the fire.

    All five of them died.

  • Rabeya Begum - 17th floorRabeya Begum - 17th floor

    Rabeya Begum, 64

    Mrs Begum lived on the 17th floor with her husband Kamru Miah and their three children, who all died together.

    They were said to be on the phone with relatives throughout the blaze.

    A nephew, Abdul, was called by his cousin Husna who begged him to help them escape.

    He said he arrived and saw his uncle screaming from the window, but could not do anything to help.

  • Mohammed Hanif - 17 floorMohammed Hanif - 17 floor

    Mohammed Hanif, 26

    Mohammed Hanif was on the 17th floor of Grenfell Tower.

    He reportedly spoke to his relative on the phone during the fire, telling him his “time had come”.

    He was with his brother and sister, who all could have tried to escape, but they stayed and died together with their elderly parents.

  • Mohammed Hamid - 17th floorMohammed Hamid - 17th floor

    Mohammed Hamid, 29

    Mohammed Hamid stayed in the flat on the 17th floor with his parents and siblings.

    One of his relatives posted a tribute on Facebook saying: “He had the chance to get out of the building but stayed with his mum n dad n brother n sister.. knowing he wouldn’t live.”

    A fourth sibling, Hakim, is reportedly the only member of the immediate family still alive.

    He had moved out after getting married.

    He last saw his family a few hours before the fire.

  • Rabeya and her daughter Husna Begum have not been seen since the fireRabeya and her daughter Husna Begum have not been seen since the fire

    Husna Begum, 22

    Husna’s body was reportedly found near the lifts on the 17th floor.

    She and her two brothers stayed with their parents Kamru and Rabeya in the burning building where they all died.

    Husna, who had been due to get married, was buried beside her mother, Rabeya.

  • Khadija Khalloufi was separated from her husband as she tried to escapeKhadija Khalloufi was separated from her husband as she tried to escape

    Khadija Khalloufi, 52

    Mrs Khalloufi died after she became separated from her husband, Sabah Abdullah, as they tried to escape from their flat on the 17th floor.

    Due to the crush and panic in the stairwell, they were split up between the 16th and 15th floors.

    Mr Abdullah survived, suffering cuts to his feet after running out in his bedclothes. He was granted an emergency passport to attend her funeral in Morocco after his identification was lost in the blaze.

    The couple had lived in Grenfell Tower together for their entire 30-year marriage.

    Mrs Khalloufi died from inhalation of fumes, an inquest heard.

  • Vincent Chiejina - 17th floorVincent Chiejina - 17th floor

    Vincent Chiejina, 60

    Mr Chiejina lived on the 17th floor and was identified by his DNA.

    The 60-year-old’s provisional cause of death was given as “consistent with the effects of fire”.

  • Isaac PaulousIsaac Paulous

    Isaac Paulos, 5

    The schoolboy’s body was discovered on the 13th floor – five levels below the flat where he lived with his family.

    An inquest heard he vanished in dense smoke as his family tried to escape, and choked on fumes from the fire.

    In a statement, Isaac’s family said they would “miss our kind, energetic, generous little boy”.

    They added: “He was such a good boy who was loved by his friends and family.

    “We will miss him forever, but we know God is looking after him now and that he is safe in heaven.”

  • Grenfell victim Berkti HaftomGrenfell victim Berkti Haftom

    Berkti Haftom, 29

    Berkti and her 12-year-old son Biruk, who was also died in the blaze, lived in flat 155 on the 18th floor of the building.

    Her remains were recovered from the 21st floor and a provisional cause of death was given as “being consistent with the effects of fire”.

    Berkti and her son reportedly helped 12-year-old victim Jessica Urbano by lending her a phone to call her mother, who was not in the tower at the time of the blaze.

    The 29-year-old’s family described her as a “generous, caring, loving mother, partner, sister, aunty and friend” who will be “missed by us all forever”.

    They added: “Berkti and Biruk left an everlasting legacy full of lovely memories and their contagious laughter and charisma will live in our hearts forever.

    “We are deeply hurt and heartbroken our angles were taken from us so cruelly, so young. We will not rest until justice is served.”

  • Biruk Haftom - 18th floorBiruk Haftom - 18th floor

    Biruk Haftom, 12

    The schoolboy is thought to have lived in flat 155 on the 18th floor of the building with his mother Berkti, who was also among those who died in the blaze.

    His family said: “Biruk was a loving, pure hearted boy, wise beyond his years and known for his politeness, kind heart and his love for his family and friends.

    “Berkti and Biruk left an everlasting legacy full of lovely memories and their contagious laughter and charisma will live in our hearts forever.

    “We are deeply hurt and heartbroken our angels were taken from us so cruelly, so young. We will not rest until justice is served!”

    Biruk was described by his science teacher as an “academic star” who was “really going places”.

  • Sakina Afrasehabi - 18th floorSakina Afrasehabi - 18th floor

    Sakina Afrasehabi, 65

    Sakina lived with her younger sister Fatima in Grenfell Tower. They both died in the blaze.

    Ms Afrasehabi’s Iranian family have said she was disabled and could only move with a walking stick – but she had no choice but to live on the 18th floor of the building.

    Once the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, she called her son and told him they were in trouble.

    However, their phone connection cut out shortly afterwards.

    She was formally identified as a victim of the blaze on 22 August 2017.

    Her family said: “Sakina was a loving mother of five, who is much missed by all of us. She was completely selfless in all she did and always put other people first.”

    They later said: “She was forced to live there because she had no other option. “On a good day she couldn’t come down 18 floors – but in the fire and smoke?”

  • Fatima AfraseiabiFatima Afraseiabi

    Fatima Afrasehabi, 59

    The Iranian and her older sister Sakina lived on the 18th floor and they were together as the fire raged. Fatima’s five children live in Iran.

    Her nephew Shahrokh, a 48-year-old taxi driver, said he spoke on the phone to his aunt as the fire spread to upper floors.

    He has told reporters an Afghan man helped his disabled mother, Sakina Afrasehabi, to the 23rd floor where he lived, to get her away from the blaze.

    He said his aunt pleaded with him on the phone to seek help. In the final minutes, she was more quiet and then the phone disconnected.

    Fatima’s sister was confirmed as a victim on 22 August 2017 and inquests into both of their deaths opened the following day.

  • Mr Tucco is understood to have been visiting relatives in Grenfell TowerMr Tucco is understood to have been visiting relatives in Grenfell Tower

    Mohamednur Tuccu, 44

    The security guard and his wife and daughter were breaking Ramadan fast with friends when the blaze broke out.

    He was reported missing along with his wife Amal Ahmedin and their three-year-old daughter Amaya after visiting relatives in Grenfell Tower, his employer previously said.

    He texted his cousin at about 9pm on the evening of the fire, but his family did not hear from him again after this.

    His body was recovered close to a leisure centre near the tower block, where he was found with multiple injuries.

    Mr Tuccu worked at Red Consultancy, and was a month away from being rewarded for his decade’s service at the company.

    An inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court found his provisional cause of death was the inhalation of fire fumes.

  • Amal AhmedinAmal Ahmedin

    Amal Ahmedin, 35

    Amal is believed to have lived on the 19th floor of Grenfell Tower with Mohamednur Tuccu and their 3-year-old daughter Amaya.

    Her body was found next to her daughter’s in the lobby of the 23rd floor. Mo Tuccu was found dead on the ground outside the tower.

    A family statement said: “This has been a very distressing time for us as a family, but we are relieved that Amal, Amaya and Amna (Mahmud Idris) have been identified following the tragic fire. They will now be laid to rest.”

    The inquest in to Amal’s death heard that the bodies of her and her daughter had to be identified by “anthropology and secondary supporting evidence”.

  • Amaya Tucco - 19th floorAmaya Tucco - 19th floor

    Amaya Tuccu-Ahmedin, 3

    Amaya lived with her mother Amal Ahmedin and her father Mo Tuccu on the 19th floor of Grenfell Tower. All three died in the blaze.

    Amaya’s remains were discovered next to her mother’s in the lobby of the 23rd floor. Her father was found dead on the ground by a nearby sports centre.

    In a statement her family said: “This has been a very distressing time for us as a family, but we are relieved that Amal, Amaya and Amna (Mahmud Idris) have been identified following the tragic fire. They will now be laid to rest.”

    The coroner said Amaya was one of a number of victims identified by “anthropology and secondary supporting evidence”.

  • Eslah Elgwahry - 23rd floorEslah Elgwahry - 23rd floor

    Eslah Elgwahry, 64

    Ms Elgwahry, who was also known as Suhar, lived with her 27-year-old daughter Mariem on the 19th floor.

    Soon after the fire, a friend of her daughter shared an appeal on social media, writing: “Last someone heard from her was 2.30am, she was with her mum.”

    Ms Elgwahry’s remains were found on the 23rd floor, four floors higher than her flat.

    She was identified through her dental records, with the cause of death given as “consistent with the effects of fire”.

    Her daughter also died in the fire.

  • Mariem ElgwahryMariem Elgwahry

    Mariem Elgwahry, 27

    Ms Elgwahry and her mother Eslah, also known as Suhar, lived on the 19th floor of Grenfell Tower.

    Friends last heard from the 27-year-old marketing manager at 2.30am on the night of the blaze.

    The inquest into her death opened on 23 August and heard that she was found dead next to her mother on the 23rd floor.

    She was identified by dental records.

  • Mary Mendy - 20th floorMary Mendy - 20th floor

    Mary Mendy, 52

    Also known as Sissy, Gambia-born Ms Mendy was with her daughter, artist Khadija Saye, on the 20th floor of the tower.

    She is believed to have been visiting her daughter at the time.

    Her sister said in a tribute: “Your heart was pure, your soul was one of a kind. You will be missed for a lifetime.”

    Ms Mendy was found in the lobby on the 13th floor and identified from dental records.

    She died from smoke inhalation.

    Speaking on the first day of the Grenfell inquiry, Mary’s niece says her aunt is no longer a phone call away for her complaints or her gossip and that on that night, their family lost two very important members.

  • Khadija Saye lived on the 20th floor of Grenfell TowerKhadija Saye lived on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower

    Khadija M Saye, 24

    Also known as Ya-Haddy Sisi Saye, the British-Gambian artist and photographer was on the 20th floor with her mother.

    At the time of the fire, her work was part of an exhibition at the Venice Biennale, and has since been displayed at the Tate Britain.

    She was due to appear in a BBC documentary about her work.

    he last tweeted on 10 May, saying: “It’s been a real journey, but mama, I’m an artist exhibiting in Venice and the blessings are abundant!”

    Her friend, Tottenham MP David Lammy, called her “a wonderful young woman” and “a talented artist”.

    Ms Saye was found in a hallway on the ninth floor, with her cause of death listed as “inhalation of fire fumes and burns”.

    Her mother, Mary Mendy – also known as Sissy Mendy – is thought to have been visiting her daughter when the fire broke out. She died on the 13th floor.

    The Khadija Saye Memorial Fund has been launched by her mentor, the artist Nicole Green, to fund opportunities for young, emerging artists.

    A short film made by artists she had been working with celebrating her life and burgeoning career was shown on the first day of the Grenfell inquiry as family members spoke of how she was “gentle, kind and friendly”.

  • Jessica UrbanoJessica Urbano

    Jessica Urbano Ramirez, 12

    Jessica was at home on the 20th floor of the tower block.

    She made desperate calls for help to her parents, who were not there at the time of the blaze.

    Mrs Urbano said she told her daughter to run as fast as possible down the stairs.

    A family statement said: “Our little girl was loving, kind-hearted and caring. She brought joy to everyone who met her and her laugh was contagious.”

    Her family and friends celebrated what would have been her 13th birthday in October 2017.

  • Farah HamdanFarah Hamdan

    Farah Hamdan, 31

    The 31-year-old was married to Omar Belkadi, who also died in the Grenfell Tower fire.

    They lived on the 20th floor of the building with their children.

    She was found dead holding her youngest daughter Leena in a stairwell between the 19th and 20th floors.

    The inquest into her death heard she died from smoke inhalation.

  • Omar Belkadi - 20th floorOmar Belkadi - 20th floor

    Omar Belkadi, 32

    Omar Belkadi lived on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower with his wife and three daughters.

    Four members of the family, including Mr Belkadi, died. Just one of his daughters survived the blaze.

    Mr Belkadi died from inhaling fire fumes.

  • Leena BelkadiLeena Belkadi

    Leena Belkadi, six months

    Youngest daughter of Omar Belkadi and Farah Hamdan, Leena died from inhalation of fumes.

    At just six months old, she was the youngest victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

    She was found dead in her mother’s arms in a stairwell between the 19th and 20th floors.

  • Malek BelkaldiMalek Belkaldi

    Malek Belkadi, 7

    Eldest daughter of Omar Belkadi and Farah Hamdan, seven-year-old Malek initially survived the fire.

    She was found alive on the 20th floor but died later at St Mary’s Hospital, west London.

    Her cause of death was inhalation of fumes.

    Her parents and her baby sister Leena also died. A second sister, six-year-old Tazmin, survived.

  • Adul Aziz El-Wahabi - 21st FloorAdul Aziz El-Wahabi - 21st Floor

    Abdul Aziz El Wahabi, 52

    Abdul Aziz lived on the 21st floor with his wife and three children.

    His youngest son, Medhi, was just eight years old.

    His body was recovered from the 21st floor, along with his wife’s. His three children also died in the blaze.

    Mr El Wahabi’s sister, Hana, told reporters she spoke to him after the fire broke out, but it had not reached the top of the block at that point.

    “He said he had been told to stay inside, stay in one room together and put towels under the door,” she said.

    “I told him to leave. He said he was going to come. Then I called him and he said there was too much smoke.

    “The last time I saw him they were waving out the window. The last time I spoke to his wife, he was on the phone to the fire brigade.”

  • Fouzia El Wahabi, 21st floor Fouzia El Wahabi, 21st floor

    Faouzia El Wahabi, 41

    Faouzia lived on the 21st floor with her husband Abdul Aziz, their sons, Yasin, 20, and Medhi, eight, and their daughter Nur Huda, 15.

    Her body was recovered from the 21st floor, along with her husband’s.

    Her three children also died in the fire.

    Mrs El Wahabi’s niece later said: “They died in a building that should not have got to that extent to burn in that way – and that’s something we’re going to have to live with forever and it’s scary,”

  • Yasin El-Wahabi was described as 'bubbly' and 'caring' by his familyYasin El-Wahabi was described as 'bubbly' and 'caring' by his family

    Yasin El Wahabi, 20

    Yasin lived in flat 182 on the 21st floor with his parents, brother and sister.

    His extended family said: “Yasin was a lovable, bubbly and caring young man.

    “He would lend his hand to anyone who asked for help. He was loved by so many and his contagious smile will always be etched on our minds and hearts.”

  • Nurhada El Wahabi - 21st floorNurhada El Wahabi - 21st floor

    Nur Huda El Wahabi, 16

    Nur Huda lived with her family on the 21st floor, in flat 182.

    Her parents and brothers Yasin, 20, and Mehdi, eight, also all died in the blaze.

    In a statement her family said: “Nur Huda was a lovable, smart and kind person. She had a lot of potential and that can be recognised in her recent GCSE exam results.

    “We are proud of her and will continue on remembering her and all our family and friends who have died in this tragedy.”

  • Mehdi El Wahabi, 21st floorMehdi El Wahabi, 21st floor

    Medhi El Wahabi, 8

    Medhi lived on the 21st floor with his mum and dad, Faouzia and Abdul Aziz, who died in the blaze.

    His elder brother Yasin, 20, and his teenage sister Nur Hada have also been confirmed dead.

    A statement from his family said: “Mehdi was a calm and friendly young boy who loved his family very much.

    “He was loved by staff and pupils at his school who held a beautiful memorial and made a plaque in memory of him.”

  • Logan GomesLogan Gomes

    Logan Gomes, stillborn

    Unborn baby Logan Gomes was officially recorded by police as a victim of the Grenfell Tower fire.

    His mother Andreia, who was seven months pregnant, lived on the 21st floor with her husband and two daughters.

    They all managed to escape but Logan was stillborn in hospital on 14 June. He had been due on 21 August.

    His father, Marcio, told the Sunday Telegraph doctors opted to deliver the baby after his heart stopped beating to ensure Andreia did not contract an infection.

    He said it was a “very traumatic time”.

    Speaking on the first day of the Grenfell inquiry, Marcio said he and his wife had prepared for their son’s arrival by painting ‘twinkle twinkle little star, do you know how loved you are?’ on the wall.

  • Raymond 'Moses' BernardRaymond 'Moses' Bernard

    Raymond ‘Moses’ Bernard, 63

    Mr Bernard, known to friends as Moses, lived on the 21st floor of the tower and often stayed with his partner, Karen McMillan, on a different floor of the block.

    He was discovered in his flat with the body of one of the youngest victims, 12-year-old Biruk Haftom.

    He was reportedly a popular character in the area, often seen out walking his King Charles spaniel, Marley.

    His friend, Trish, said: “He was always telling people to be good to each other and it’s devastating to think anything bad could have happened.”

    Another friend, Michael, said: “There are a lot of people grieving for him, and he was a very loving man.”

    His family said: “Gone but not forgotten, you are so dearly loved by us all and will sadly be missed by many. May you rest in eternal peace, with love always.”

  • Ligaya MooreLigaya Moore

    Ligaya Moore, 78

    Ligaya, from the Philippines, had been a resident of Grenfell Tower for more than 40 years. She had lived alone in her flat on the 21st floor since the death of her husband some years earlier.

    A body was found inside her flat early in the investigation but it took more than four months to identify her remains.

    In a statement her family said: “43 years ago, Aunt Ligaya, DITE, as we fondly called her, lived her dream – to live and work in London.

    “She endured being away from family – not able to attend her mother’s funeral – but in exchange of all the loneliness and homesickness, she met the love of her life, Jim Moore, a British national, had a new family, acquired new friends, and built a new life in London.

    “But the dream turned into nightmare on that fateful night of June 14, when the Grenfell Tower was consumed in flames. At this time, she was already living by herself in this building, as her husband has passed away several years back.

    “The jolly, bubbly person, the lady who loves to dance and who laughed her heart out, succumbed to a fire which turned her laughter into silence.”

    Her grandson, Nico Purificacion, called her “an admirable woman”.

    He said: “Our family loves her so much.

    “She’s very fun to be with despite her age. So innocent yet very straightforward.

    “She’s been in London for a very long time. She visits us here in the Philippines once in a while.”

  • Nura Jemal - 22nd floorNura Jemal - 22nd floor

    Nura Jemal, 35

    The mother of three lived on the 22nd floor with her husband, Hashim Kedir, and their children.

    On the night of the fire she called friends saying: “The fire is here, I’m dying.”

    She was described by her family as “beloved, positive-minded, devout and courageous”.

    A statement on behalf of her family said: “You appreciated even the smallest things in life. And your joy was contagious. Being around you could lighten up anyone’s day in a matter of seconds.”

    Friends described her as “vibrant, full of life and positive-minded”.

    Ms Jemal was recovered on the 22nd floor and identified by her dental records, with her cause of death given as “consistent with the effects of fire”.

  • Hashim Kedir - 22nd floorHashim Kedir - 22nd floor

    Hashim Kedir, 44

    The father of the Hashim family lived on the 22nd floor with his wife, Nura Jemal, and three children.

    His sister described him as her “role model”, saying he was “giving and sharing until his last day”.

    She described him as “making friends so easily; age, gender, religion, ethnicity or social status didn’t matter”.

    His niece said: “You travelled around the world and you were never afraid to take risks and try something new… Thank you for being the best uncle in the world.”

    Friends described him as “everybody’s favourite in the family” who could “make friends so easily”.

    Mr Hashim was identified using DNA, with his cause of death given as “consistent with the effects of fire”.

  • Yahya Hashim - 22nd floorYahya Hashim - 22nd floor

    Yahya Hashim, 13

    The schoolboy lived on the 22nd floor with his two younger siblings and parents.

    His aunt described him as her “most kind, handsome, pure-hearted, sweet nephew”.

    She said: “Everyone that met you used to fall in love with your politeness and pure-heartedness”.

    Friends said Yahya was “kind, handsome, pure-hearted and sweet”.

    The sports-loving teen had been attending a taekwondo class with his little brother just an hour before the fire.

    His dream was to grow up and become a religious education teacher.

    Yahya was identified through dental records after his remains were recovered from the 22nd floor.

  • Firdaws Hashim - 22nd floorFirdaws Hashim - 22nd floor

    Firdaws Hashim, 12

    The Kensington Aldridge Academy pupil lived with her two brothers and parents on the 22nd floor of the block.

    Her family described her as “intelligent, wise, eloquent and beautiful” with “the voice of an angel”.

    Sports charity leader Sean Mendez said “she naturally took a leadership role around the other kids and was always looking after them”.

    Two months before the fire Firdaws had taken part in Comic Relief’s Big Debate event – where she was presented with an award by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

    Judges said of her speech: “Firdaws was recognised for her passion and the clarity with which she spoke – everyone who attended the event was touched by her energy and enthusiasm.”

    Firdaws was identified using DNA and her cause of death was given as “consistent with the effects of fire”.

  • Yaqub Hashim - 22nd floorYaqub Hashim - 22nd floor

    Yaqub Hashim, 6

    Yaqub lived on the 22nd floor with his parents, Nura Jemal and Hashim Kedir, and his brother and sister. They all died in the fire.

    The six-year-old had taken a taekwondo class with his older brother just hours before the blaze broke out.

    His extended family described him as an “energetic, sporty, funny, smart and cute boy”.

    In a statement paying tribute, his family said: “The energy you had, oh my! A minute at your presence wouldn’t pass without laughing; just following your movement was enough.

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

    “We went to visit your school: funny, hilarious, honey with a big smile, a great boy and a kind friend were some of the words that your friends used to describe you.

    “We all could feel how much they miss you from the touching hugs we received from them. One of the girls even remembered the names of your nieces; she said that you used to talk a lot about them.

    “The whole family misses you terribly our sweet and lively boy Yaqub.”

  • Sirria ChoucairSirria Choucair

    Sirria Choucair, 60

    The 60-year-old grandmother was found on the 22nd floor of Grenfell Tower, where she lived.

    Sirria died along with her daughter Nadia, son-in-law Bassem, and her three grandchildren.

  • Bassem Choucair and his family are missing after the Grenfell fireBassem Choucair and his family are missing after the Grenfell fire

    Bassem Choukair, 40

    The 40-year-old father was found on the 22nd floor of the tower block.

    He lived there with his wife Nadia, mother-in-law Sirria and three daughters.

    Bassem’s sister-in-law, Sawsan, spoke to him on the phone when the fire started.

    She said: “It was just two seconds, he said ‘yeah’ and there was lots of screaming in the background.”

  • Nadia ChoucairNadia Choucair

    Nadia Choukair, 33

    The 33-year-old nursery worker and mother of three lived on the 22nd floor of Grenfell Tower with her husband, Bassem, mother Sirria and their daughters: Mierna, 13, Fatima, 11, and Zeinab, three.

    They all died in the blaze.

    Her brother Nabil says his trauma has been compounded by a vacuum of official information.

    He said: “We want to know… we’re trying to find out everything we can about what last information there is about our family.

    “It’s very important. It’s the only thing that we have left.”

  • (L-R) Choucair sisters Fatima, 11; Mierna, 14; and Zeinab, 3 (L-R) Choucair sisters Fatima, 11; Mierna, 14; and Zeinab, 3

    Fatima Choukair, 11

    The 11-year-old was found on the 22nd floor of Grenfell Tower, where she lived with her family.

    An inquest was told that Fatima was identified by her dental records.

    She died alongside her parents, grandmother and sisters.

  • Mierna Choucair - 22nd floorMierna Choucair - 22nd floor

    Mierna Choukair, 13

    The 13-year-old was found on the 22nd floor of the tower block, where she lived.

    Mierna died along with her father Bassem, mother Nadia and two sisters.

  • Zeinab Choucair - 22nd floorZeinab Choucair - 22nd floor

    Zeinab Choukair, 3

    Three-year-old Zeinab lived on the 22nd floor of Grenfell Tower with her mother, father, two sisters and grandmother.

    They all died in the blaze and their remains were recovered from the floor on which they lived.

    Zeinab’s aunt Sawsan spoke to her father when the fire started.

    She said: “It was just two seconds, he says ‘yeah’ and there was lots of screaming in the background.”

  • Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi

    Marco Gottardi,27

    The Italian architectural assistant, who worked in east London, lived on the 23rd floor with his girlfriend Gloria Trevisan.

    Mr Gottardi’s cousin posted a message on Facebook the day after the fire, writing: “I don’t have no news from them since last night and their mobile phones are off. I’m praying God they make it out safely.”

    During Mr Gottardi’s funeral in Venice, the bishop said: “Marco and Gloria were united in life. They are now in the sky close to each other and beside the Lord.”

    Mr Gottardi was identified by his dental records, with the cause of death given as “consistent with the effects of fire”.

  • Gloria Trevisan - 23rd floorGloria Trevisan - 23rd floor

    Gloria Trevisan, 26

    The Italian architect lived on the 23rd floor with her boyfriend, Marco Gottardi.

    The pair had moved from Venice to London around four months before to look for jobs after graduating from the University of Padua.

    Ms Trevisan spent her final moments on the phone to her mother, telling her: “I had my whole life ahead of me. It’s not fair. I don’t want to die.” She was last heard from at 3.30am.

    She was identified by her dental records, with her cause of death given as “consistent with the effects of fire”.

  • Hesham Rahman was diabetic and would have struggled to walk down stairsHesham Rahman was diabetic and would have struggled to walk down stairs

    Hesham Rahman, 57

    Mr Rahman lived by himself in a flat on the 23rd floor and was last in contact with his family at 3am on the night of the fire.

    He told them he could smell smoke, adding: “Don’t worry, as soon as I’m out I’ll let you know.

    “The police are coming to get me, I’ve spoken to them. It’s going to be okay.”

    He had diabetes which made it difficult for him to walk down stairs.

    In the days after the fire, his relatives put up posters and visited hospitals around the capital.

    At the time, Mr Rahman’s nephew Karim told Sky News: “We are preparing for the worst, of course we have to understand that, but there’s still hope.”

    An inquest into his death heard he was identified following dental examination.

  • Mohamed 'Saber' Neda, 57, last spoke to his family at 3am from the kitchen of his top floor flatMohamed 'Saber' Neda, 57, last spoke to his family at 3am from the kitchen of his top floor flat

    Mohamed Neda, 57

    Mr Neda’s wife and son escaped to safety and were taken to hospital after the fire broke out.

    They said he had been on the top floor of the building trying to help people.

    The last contact with Mr Neda was at 3am on the night of the fire, when he phoned his nephew and told him he was stuck in the kitchen of his flat on the top floor.

    His body was found outside the tower block, and he died as a result of multiple injuries consistent with a fall.

    Speaking on the first day of the Grenfell inquiry, his brother said that losing his “best friend and role model” had brought his world crashing down.

    Mr Neda’s absence is a void that cannot be filled, he said, adding: “The only thing I know is that my brother was a hero. He puts others first – that is the memory I will hold in my heart for as long as I live.”

  • Gary Maunders was found among the victims on the 23rd floorGary Maunders was found among the victims on the 23rd floor

    Gary Maunders, 57

    Gary Maunders was found among the victims on the 23rd floor.

    The 57-year-old was identified through his dental records and the provisional cause of death was given as “consistent with the effects of fire”.

    He is believed to have been with his friend Deborah Lamprell, who lived on the 19th floor, was also named among the victims.

  • Fathia Ahmed - 23rd floorFathia Ahmed - 23rd floor

    Fathia Ahmed, 71

    The 71-year-old pensioner, also known as Fathiya Alsanousi, was discovered on the 23rd floor and identified by her dental records.

    Her son Abufars Ibrahim, 39, and her daughter Isra Ibrahim, 33, also died in the blaze.

  • Abufars Ibrahim - 23rd floorAbufars Ibrahim - 23rd floor

    Abufars Ibrahim, 39

    The 39-year-old is believed to have lived on the 23rd floor of Grenfell Tower with his mother Fathia Ahmed, 71, and his sister Isra, 33.

    They were all killed in the blaze.

    An inquest heard he died from multiple injuries after falling, or jumping, from the building.

  • Esra Ibrahim - 23rd floorEsra Ibrahim - 23rd floor

    Isra Ibrahim, 33

    The 39-year-old is believed to have lived on the 23rd floor of Grenfell Tower with her 71-year-old mother Fathia Ahmed and 39-year-old brother Abufars.

    They were both also killed in the blaze.

    An inquest heard that her body was found on the floor where she lived.

  • Rania Ibrham Rania Ibrham

    Rania Ibrahim, 30

    Mother of two Rania Ibrahim, 30, uploaded a Facebook Live video as she was trapped at the top of the tower block.

    She was seen running into a smoke-filled corridor to seek help, then looking out of the window to the street below.

    Her friend Rahmana Rashid posted on Facebook: “Rania Ibrham my friend is missing from the grenfill tower, if you have seen her or have any news on her pls contact me.”

    Rania lived on the 23rd floor with her husband and her two daughters – Fethia, aged four, and three-year-old Hania.

    Rania and her daughters died in the blaze. Her husband was not in Grenfell Tower at the time of the blaze as he was away in Egypt.

    She was identified by her dental records.

  • Fethia and Hania IbrahimFethia and Hania Ibrahim

    Fethia Hassan, 4

    Fethia lived with her parents and three-year-old sister Hania on the 23rd floor of Grenfell Tower.

    Her mother, Rania Ibrahim, uploaded a Facebook Live video as she was trapped at the top of the tower block.

    Fethia, her mother and sister all died in the blaze. Her father was out of the country at the time.

  • Hania Hassan - 23rd floorHania Hassan - 23rd floor

    Hania Hassan, 3

    Hania and her four-year-old sister Fethia lived with their parents on the 23rd floor of Grenfell Tower.

    Her mother, Rania Ibrahim, uploaded a Facebook Live video as they were trapped at the top of the tower block.

    Hania, Fethia and Rania all died in the blaze. Her father was out of the country at the time.

  • Amna Mahmud Idris - Unknown floorAmna Mahmud Idris - Unknown floor

    Amna Mahmud Idris, 27

    Ms Idris died in her 23rd floor flat alongside her cousin, Amal Ahmedin, her husband Mohamednur Tuccu and their daughter Amaya Tuccu-Ahmedin.

    The family are believed to have been visiting Ms Idris at the time.

    Ms Idris’ body was identified by DNA, with her provisional cause of death “consistent with the effects of fire”.

    Her family said: “This has been a very distressing time for us as a family but we are relieved that Amal, Amaya and Amna have been identified following the tragic fire.

    They will now be laid to rest.

  • Victoria King, 71, died alongside her daughter, Alexandra Atala, 40. Pic: Met PoliceVictoria King, 71, died alongside her daughter, Alexandra Atala, 40. Pic: Met Police

    Victoria King, 71

    Victoria lived in Grenfell Tower with her 40-year-old daughter Alexandra Atala.

    On 16 November 2017 they became the final two victims of the blaze to be identified.

    In a statement their family said: “We were devastated to hear of our sister, Vicky’s, fate, and that of her daughter, Alexandra, in the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

    “Some comfort can come from the knowledge that she and Alexandra were devoted to one another and spent so many mutually-supportive years together.

    “They died at each other’s side and now they can rest together in peace.

    “We will remember them always.”

  • Alexandra AtalaAlexandra Atala

    Alexandra Atala, 40

    Alexandra lived in Grenfell Tower with her 71-year-old mother Victoria King.

    On 16 November 2017 they became the final two victims of the blaze to be identified.

    In a statement their family said: “We were devastated to hear of our sister, Vicky’s, fate, and that of her daughter, Alexandra, in the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

    “Some comfort can come from the knowledge that she and Alexandra were devoted to one another and spent so many mutually-supportive years together.

    “They died at each other’s side and now they can rest together in peace.

    “We will remember them always.”

  • Maria De Pilar was rescued from the 19th floor. However, she died in hospital in January from medical complications.Maria De Pilar was rescued from the 19th floor. However, she died in hospital in January from medical complications.

    Maria Del Pilar Burton, 74

    Maria was rescued from the 19th floor.

    However, she died in hospital in January from medical complications. She spent seven months in hospital following the fire.

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Lifelong Chelsea fan Denis Murphy died in the fire when he was trapped in his flat on the 14th floor.

Leading tributes on behalf of Mr Murphy’s son, brothers and ex-wife, his sister Anne-Marie said his death had left “a gaping hole that can never be filled”.

Ms Murphy said: “There is no reason why anyone in the world should have death forced upon them in such a horrific way.

“His warmth and love will stay will us forever.”

She added they have just three possessions of his recovered from the fire, including a handful of coins from his flat.

She said the coins were “so poignant to us, as he would have given you his last pennies if he could.”

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The inquest also heard from the family of Mohamed Amied Neda, who died trying to save other people from the top floor of the tower, where he lived with his family.

In a statement delivered through the family’s solicitors, Mr Neda’s brother described him as his best friend and said the disaster made him feel like “my whole world came crashing down”.

Mohamed Aref Neda said: “I have faced many blows in life, losing many family members, but this was the worst.”

He added: “The only thing I know is that my brother was a hero. He gave up his life for his family and for others.

“He sacrificed himself in that fire in order to put others first. That’s just the brave and selfless person that he was.

“That’s a memory of him that I will hold in my heart for as long as I live.”

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Mr Neda and his wife Flora sought refuge in London in the early 1990s after escaping Kabul. They had been targeted by the Taliban as Mr Neda had been a high ranking officer in Afghanistan’s army.

In a tribute read by a solicitor, his wife recalled how it had been love at first sight for the couple, but they had to wait two years for her father to approve their relationship.

Their son Farhad is now engaged, and he and his mother expressed regret that Mohamed would not be there on his wedding day.

Mrs Neda said: “It is just so sad that my beloved husband will not be there at his wedding, and will not be there to hold his grandchildren, or to share the joy of becoming a grandparent.

“The chance to enjoy such special moments as a family has been taken away from Saber and there is a heavy sense of loss in our hearts which will never go away.

“He had always been there for us. He never complained.

“He was my husband and my best friend and I miss his so much. He will always be the love of my life.”

Later, the son of Joseph Daniels, who died in the fire aged 69, gave a brief statement saying his father “stood no chance of getting out and this should never have happened.”

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The final two remembered as the inquiry opened were Mary Mendy and her daughter Khadija Saye.

Ms Mendy’s sister Betty said having Khadija in 1992 would turn out to be “the greatest and proudest day of her life”.

Ms Mendy’s niece described her as her “hero”, and said she was no longer on the other end of the phone “to listen to my complaints and my gossip”.

She said: “There will be two empty chairs for birthdays and Christmas now, but they will forever hold a place in our hearts.”

Ms Saye was an artist whose work had been exhibited in Venice as part of a collection on diaspora. She had also been filmed with a group of artists for the BBC.

After her death, a shorter version of the programme was released to remember her. In the clips, she discusses winning a scholarship to Rugby School, and the culture shock of moving there from Ladbroke Grove, west London.

In her own words, Ms Saye said: “I am more aware of the power the camera holds. I can look back at photos and see how my area has changed in the last 10 years.

“I thought I should be doing it (photography) on the side but my teachers were very supportive and I am grateful because without them I wouldn’t be here.”

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