Ten teenagers had been among the 39 Vietnamese found dead in a truck container in southeast England final month, native police mentioned Friday whereas relaying for the primary time particulars of those that died.
The scope of the tragedy grew to become clear as police launched the names and ages of those that died in considered one of Britain’s worst incidents of individuals smuggling.
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Two of the dead had been solely 15, whereas the oldest was 44. Some 20 of the victims got here from one province Nghe An in north-central Vietnam, round 200 kilometres (120 miles) south of Hanoi.
Police prompt they waited till all the identification course of was full earlier than releasing particulars of those that died.
“Our priority has been to identify the victims, to preserve the dignity of those who have died and to support the victims’ friends and families,” mentioned Assistant Chief Const. Tim Smith.
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“It remained of paramount importance to us to ensure that an individual’s next of kin were informed and that they were given some time to absorb this tragic news before we publicly confirmed their loved one’s identity.”
The authorities labored with Vietnamese police and the coroner to establish the our bodies found Oct. 23 in the again of a truck in an industrial park in the English city of Grays.
Police mentioned final week that the entire victims had been Vietnamese residents. DNA samples had been taken from households in Vietnam who suspected their lacking family had been on that truck.
Among the names had emerged in information studies earlier than, among them Pham Thi Tra My, a 26-year-old girl whose heartbreaking remaining textual content message to her mom vividly introduced residence the size of the tragedy. Her household had been unable to contact her because the textual content arrived saying she was suffocating.
“I’m so sorry mom and dad … My journey abroad doesn’t succeed,” she wrote. “Mom, I love you and dad very much. I’m dying because I can’t breathe … Mom, I’m so sorry.”
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The 31 males and eight ladies are believed to have paid folks traffickers for his or her clandestine transit into England. British police have charged 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, from Northern Eire, with 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to visitors folks. They are saying he drove the cab of the truck to Purfleet, England, the place it picked up the container, which had arrived by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.
In Eire, 22-year-old Eamonn Harrison was arrested on a British warrant. Essex police in Britain mentioned they’d began extradition proceedings to deliver him to the U.Okay. to face expenses of manslaughter. A number of others have been arrested in Vietnam.
Households in Vietnam have arrange altars with incense and pictures of their family members, praying for his or her return. The tragedy has additionally deeply affected the Vietnamese neighborhood in the U.Okay., who gathered final week for a candlelight vigil on the Church of the Holy Title and Our Woman of the Sacred Coronary heart in east London to mourn the dead.
Father Simon Thang Duc Nguyen, a Roman Catholic priest who organized the ceremony, mentioned the neighborhood by no means thought such a large number of folks may die in a single incident.
“It’s a funeral for a whole nation, not only of a family,” he mentioned. “It’s a funeral … for people across the world.”
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