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Grenfell Tower victim identified

News   •   Jul 13, 2017 16:11 BST

[Yahya Hashim]

One of the victims who died in the Grenfell Tower fire has now been formally identified as 13-year-old Yahya Hashim.

Speaking on behalf of his family, his aunt, said: “Yahya: My most kind, handsome, pure hearted, sweet nephew.

“You were the most kind, polite, loving, generous, thankful and pure hearted boy I ever knew.

“You used to call us, just to say hi and sometimes leave some irritating voice and video messages, just to bother us; very typical of you ♥.

“You and me decided to share a room on a boat trip from Oslo to Kiel last winter and we started talking about things that bother you most. We spent almost half the night talking. I know that you appreciated that moment and I was/am humbled by that.

“You used to love to bother me in a middle of anything so that I would chase you, pinch and tickle you. You used to laugh so much that you couldn’t run any more or do anything. I miss that laugh so much……

“Your dream of what you wanted to be when you grow up was very different from what other children dream of. You wanted to be Ustaz: a religion/Islamic teacher. Everyone that met you used to fall in love with your politeness and pure heartedness. You were a perfect example of how a Muslim should be; you would have been a pride to Islam and humanity.

“I don’t know if there will be anything alike for the love that you had for your parents. You used to defend them no matter what, and you hated to be separated from any of them……

“’Sorry’ had to be the word that you used most in your unfairly short life time. You used to apologise for everything; for your little mistakes and even for other people’s faults. You liked to see with your own eyes and hear that your apology was accepted. So you used to repeat the apology irritatingly so many times: “sorry, sorry, sorry …..”.

“I am so sorry that you had to leave this way. I am so sorry that you had to go through so much. I am so sorry that you were let down. I am so sorry that I was not there to alleviate your pain. Sorry!

“Although my ignorant mind couldn’t see anything good or positive about this tormenting tragedy; one tiny thing that gives me some type of comfort now and then is knowing the fact that you were/are together with your family that you loved most. I have no choice but to accept the fact that you are in a better place now.

“I love you to the end and will miss you for ever.

“With Harris J. song that you used to love “Salam” my dear ♥.”