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Essex lorry deaths: Vigil for Vietnamese victims


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The Reverend Simon Nguyen, who led the supplier, talked concerning the victims misplaced their lives “searching out for freedom, dignity and happiness”

A vigil has been held in reminiscence of the 39 Vietnamese victims who have been discovered ineffective in a refrigerated lorry in Essex.

Larger than 100 people attended the supplier on the Church of the Holy Determine and Our Lady of the Sacred Coronary heart in east London.

The Reverend Simon Nguyen, who led the supplier, talked concerning the 39 died “searching out for freedom, dignity and happiness”.

It was confirmed by police on Friday that each particular person amongst people that have been discovered have been Vietnamese.

Police had first and most main believed they have been Chinese language.

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Candles have been organized true right into a determine of 39 to point the quantity who died

Prayers have been heard and members of the Catholic congregation carried out readings and candles have been lit.

“We repeat our condolences and sympathies for the folks who secure misplaced their lives on the way searching out for freedom, dignity and happiness,” talked about Mr Nguyen.

“We predict God to welcome them into his kingdom although only a few of them weren’t Catholic nonetheless they strongly believed in everlasting peace, so we pray for them.”

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The Catholic church in East London has an enormous Vietnamese congregation

After the supplier he talked about: “The people listed below are very united resulting from this of we’re all refugees.

“The entire people right here – fairly so quite a lot of the Vietnamese – got here right here as refugees inside the ’70s and the ’80s and the ’90s.”

He talked about in these a long time, the disappearances of folks from Vietnam have been “now not reported by the media, nonetheless a complete lot of them died”.

“These victims [who died in the lorry last month], this tragedy, was reported nonetheless many tragedies to the Vietnamese no-one know,” he talked about.

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Pham Thi Tra My and Nguyen Dinh Luong’s households are keen they’re going to be amongst the victims

Essex Police talked about it was now in “dispute contact with a unique of households in Vietnam and the UK” and the Vietnamese Authorities.

A distinct of Vietnamese households secure beforehand attain ahead fearing their family members are amongst the ineffective.

Pham Thi Tra My, 26, despatched her household a message on the evening of 22 October – the day prior to the 39 people have been discovered ineffective – asserting her “lag to a worldwide land has failed”.

The daddy of 30-year-dilapidated Le Van Ha, who comes from an agricultural fragment of Vietnam, beforehand instructed the BBC he was joyful his son was amongst the ineffective.

Put up-mortem examinations are being applied on the 31 males and eight girls to attach the explanation inside the assist of their deaths.

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The our our bodies have been showcase inside the lorry trailer inside the early hours of 23 October

The motive force of the lorry, Maurice Robinson, from Northern Eire, appeared in court docket docket on Monday charged with a string of offences, together with 39 counts of manslaughter.

Extradition court docket docket instances secure furthermore begun in direction of 22-year-dilapidated Eamonn Harrison, who was arrested in Dubin on a European Arrest Warrant.

Police are furthermore searching out for 2 brothers from Northern Eire, Ronan and Christopher Hughes, who’re wished on suspicion of manslaughter and folk trafficking.

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