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More Grenfell victims commemorated

A FAMILY of five were among those remembered today on the fifth day of commemorations for the 72 Grenfell Tower victims before evidence is heard during the public inquiry.

The Wahabi family — father and mother Abdulaziz and Faouzia and children Yasin, Nur Huda, and Mehdi — lived on the 21st floor.

Faouzia’s mother Menana Jabari said her grief would become most pronounced during the summer, when families usually visit relatives in Morocco.

Hamed Wahabi broke down before and throughout his tribute to his brother Abdulaziz, who he described as “kind and loyal.”

Yasin, who was 20, was described as selfless. He was studying accountancy at the University of Greenwich but kept close ties to the community.

Older cousin Mariam Wahabi said about 16-year-old Huda: “We all wanted to be like her. We soon came to the realisation it was impossible to be like her — she was too unique.”

The children’s nine-year-old cousin Sara Chebiouni said about eight-year-old Mehdi: “Had he lived until adulthood I think he would have liked to have been a comedian, although I do think he had some work to do on his jokes.”

She then read out the words of Mehdi’s class teacher, Miss Trabelsi: “Mehdi’s smile lit up any room, his kindness and generosity to his peers and staff made him an extremely popular boy.”

The presentations at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, in south Kensington, attended by inquiry head Sir Martin Moore-Bick, also heard of Filipino pensioner Ligaya Moore, from friend Nenita Bunggay.

She said: “She would always say every time we walked past: ‘Nenita, that’s my building, 21st floor. It’s a big building and I love it so much, even though I’m alone there, I love seeing it every day.’”

Tributes were paid to Vincent Chiejina, 60, who lived on the 17th floor, by his younger sister Obi.

She said that he was a kind man who helped vulnerable people and would stand up and offer his chair to new members at the 50-plus social group he attended.

Khadija Khaloufi was remembered by her husband of 27-years, Sabah Abdullah. They lived together on the 17th floor with their children, who survived.

He added: “I lost part of me. That’s it. I’ve got nothing else to say.”

Jessica Urbano Ramirez died two weeks before her 13th birthday. Her mother Adriana said in a video: “We will always have a hole in our hearts and I will never be the same.”

Commemorations are expected to continue until next Wednesday.


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