Newsday newsday.com 14 Jan, 2022 01:30 am

Communal funeral for Bronx fire victims planned for Sunday

A communal funeral for victims of New York City's deadliest fire in decades has been planned for Sunday, a week after the blaze in the Bronx high-rise. The service is to be held at the Islamic Cultura

"There’s lots of emotion — lots of emotion — as we go back and forth about where to bury them, here or taking them back home," said Haji Dukuray, the uncle of Haja Dukuray, who died with her husband and three children." The dead who have yet to be laid to rest also include a 2-year-old boy, a mother who died with three of her children, and a husband and wife whose four children are now orphans.The service is to be held at the Islamic Cultural Center in the Bronx, said Imam Musa Kabba of Masjid-Ur-Rahmah, the mosque where some of the victims' families have been gathering to grieve.Funerals began Wednesday with a service at a Harlem mosque for two victims, Seydou Toure, 12, and sister Haouwa Mahamadou, 5.

Some have been having trouble getting services or getting what they need, particularly cash, the advocates said at a news conference.Some families have been torn between whether to bury their loved ones in their West African homeland or in the United States.

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