A public funeral service for the victims of the Bronx fire tragedy was held on January 16, 2022 at the Islamic cultural center in the Bronx.
Thousands of people across the city have come together to mourn and say adieu to the 17 people who died when the deadly fire broke out in the Twin Parks North West Tower building in the Bronx. Elected officials, religious and community leaders, citizens from different backgrounds were there to pay tribute to those 17 men, women and children who died.
“This a test for us, Allah decided, we have to agree, “ said Imam Musa Kaba.
15 coffins were brought and displayed in front of the elected officials.
“ I know it is uncomfortable, but we did it by purpose so that what has happened never happens again,” said Sheikh Musa Drammeh the funeral master of ceremony.
The Lieutenant governor of the State of New York, Brian Benjamin who has promised $2,000 000 on behalf of the State of New York said that “ we will be with you.” “That tragedy will never happen again,” he concluded.
“When a tragedy like this occurs, we have to come together,” said Charles Schumer the majority leader of the United States Senate.
He has revealed that victims’ family members in Gambia will be able to come to the United States of America for the funeral of their loved ones. “ We as Americans, we are proud of you immigrants, we will stand with you to make sure your life is better,” he added.
Eric Adams, New York City mayor said he has the obligation to be here. “I am not your mayor, I am your brother,” he said.” What has happened in the Bronx is what is happened in the other boroughs.” He also said “It is our responsibility to make sure what has happened will not happen again.”
The Bronx district attorney Letitia James is pragmatic. “ I find this difficult to believe it is the will of God, this is about neglect, individuals who are responsible must be held accountable,” she said. “We will use the law to protect you.”
New York City public advocate Jumaane Williams agrees with the Bronx district attorney. “ There have been many fires in the Bronx,” he said. “ Without accountability this will start again.”
For Brad Lander New York City Comptroller, “landlords put money over the safety.”
Ritchie Torres the New York city councilmember said, “ everyone deserves an affordable housing.”
Talking to the family members, the Bronx Borough president Vanessa Gibson said they are not alone. “Hallah who is Hallah of peace, and strength is with you,” she said. “ We are all one people, it does not matter where you come from, we are family, we are strong together,” she added. “ We are going to rebuilt as community.”
After the prayer, the 17 bodies were taken to New Jersey where the victims lay in peace.
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