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The bodies of those killed in the horrific Bronx Fire were transported to an Islamic funeral home on Friday ahead of mass funerals scheduled for the weekend.

At least 14 of the 17 victims – many of whom were Muslim immigrants – had been transported to Paak’s funeral home in Queens to be cleaned and wrapped in accordance with Islamic custom.

Covered in white sheets, the stretchers carrying the bodies had been moved one by one into an elevator contained in the funeral home and then lowered to the basement.

The bodies of at least 14 of the 17 victims of the fire had been taken to Paak’s funeral home.
Dennis A. Clark
Some families of victims are grappling with the decision of whether or not to bury the dead in the United States or The Gambia.
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Joint funerals for some of the victims will likely take place on January 16.
Dennis A. Clark

The joint funeral of the victims, who all had Gambian ties, is set to take place at the Islamic Cultural Center in the Bronx on Sunday – exactly a week after the tragedy.

The funerals of at least two of the victims – sisters Seydou Touré, 12, and Haouwa Mahamadou, 5 – had already taken place on Wednesday at a mosque in Harlem.

Among those who have not yet been put to rest are a 2-year-old boy, a deceased mother with three of her children, and a husband and wife whose four children are currently orphans.

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Firefighters responded to the blaze last weekend.
GNMiller / NYPost

The health worker’s office mentioned the 17 victims who died suffocated by thick smoke that poured from a third-floor apartment where officers said a faulty electric heater started the fire.

Nearly a week after the tragedy, some of the families of the victims are still torn over whether to bury the dead from their West African home countries or in the United States.

“There is a lot of emotion – a lot of emotion – as we go back and forth about where to bury them, here or bring them home,” said Haji Dukuray, the uncle of Haja Dukuray, who died with his son. husband and three children. The Associated Press.

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Some of the victims’ funerals had taken place earlier this week.
Dennis A. Clark
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Officials say a faulty radiator started the fire.
Tomas E. Gaston

Dukuray’s family decided to bury their loved one in the United States.

” This is unheard of. There is a lot of emotion in these conversations, whether between us here or among families in The Gambia,” said Dukuray.

Meanwhile, the family of 27-year-old researcher Sera Janneh are planning to bring her stay back to The Gambia.

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The 17 deceased victims were suffocated by the thick smoke that poured from a condo on the third floor.
GNMiller / NYPost

“It was so difficult,” said her father, Tijan Janneh. “But we have a good community, and the city, the Bronx, all of America, the whole world right now — they’re all praying for us.”

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