Grenfell Tower Inquiry LIVE: Tributes to girl, three, who perished alongside her parents
- Grenfell mother died in final embrace with her son as inferno ‘fused’ their bodies
Tributes will today be made for a three-year-old girl who died alongside her parents in Grenfell Tower.
Commemorations will take place for Amal Ahmedin, 34, and Mohamednur Tuccu, 44, their daughter Amaya Tuccu-Ahmedin, three, and Amal’s cousin Amna Mahmud Idris, 27.
All lost their lives when fire tore through the North Kensington tower block on June 14 last year.
Now entering its fourth day, the Grenfell Inquiry has heard from a number of heart-broken families who lost loved ones in the blaze.
Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who is chairing the hearings, yesterday appeared moved by video tributes for victims of the fire.
Further commemorations are also scheduled to take place today for: Kamru Miah, Rabeya Begum, Mohammed Hamid, Mohammed Hanif, Husna Begum, Fathia and Ali Ahmed Elsanosi.
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The hearing has paused with the family of Mohamednur Tuccu, Amal Ahmedin, Amaya Tuccu-Ahmedin and Amna Mahmud Idris gather at the inquiry.
Today’s hearing has commenced with tributes to Victoria King, 71, who died in Grenfell Tower alongside her daughter Alexandra Atala.
Ms King’s sister Penny provided a statement to the inquiry which was read out to chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick.
Penny said she had lost touch with her sister and spent ‘many years’ trying to find her but was reunited thanks to the Salvation Army tracing service.
She added: ‘If that had not been the case no family member would have known they had perished as no-one knew they were living living there.
‘The time we had back means a great deal. I wish it had been for much longer. They were and are still together and that’s what’s important. The fire was a tragedy for all of us.’
The inquiry has shared a list of Grenfell victims who will be commemorated today.
Elizabeth Campbell, the re-elected leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, desribed commemorations for victims of the inferno last year as ‘powerful, emotional and dignified’.
She said: ‘We owe it to those who have died, to those left behind, those who lost everything, and those who will continue to carry the emotional burden of Grenfell. And we must make sure such a tragedy can never happen again.’
The Conservative politician promised to open up full council meetings to the public and said the Grenfell scrutiny committee would be reinstated.
‘The important thing is that we are properly held to account by the people we serve. And we will be judged by what we do and not what we say,” she said. We are currently being judged for our past actions.’
Ms Campbell will address council staff this morning about the Grenfell inquiry.
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