10 People Died in the Bronx Last Night in a Fire
Last night in the Bronx, ten people died as a result of a fire. The deaths occurred just hours after another woman was shot and killed. This is the second time a woman has been fatally shot in the borough in less than two weeks.
Two other people were injured and rushed to area hospitals. There is no word on the identities of the victims, but the fire marshal is investigating.
A woman, known as “Chakou” Tunkara, was killed in a Bronx apartment building. She was visiting with her son Omar Jambang, who was six years old at the time of the fire. Her family in Gambia has established a GoFundMe page for her.
Another person was found dead on a sidewalk in the Bronx. His name is unknown at this time. But the cause of the death was determined to be smoke inhalation.
A man was shot in the chest on Morris Avenue, outside a Bronx apartment building. He was wearing black, and was walking to a friend’s house. It is not clear if he was shot by police or someone else. However, his family says he had drill rap tracks in his shoes and was not a gang member.
Prince Shabazzz, a 14-year-old boy, was shot at a Bronx apartment building. He had been walking to a friend’s home with his brother, and was walking down the street in black. The victim was also not a gang member, and the FDNY said it believed his death was accidental.
In addition to the two men who were shot in the Bronx, a baby was killed in the Bronx. The infant was named Ahmed Saleh, and he was pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center.
Two women were also hospitalized, and a third child was transported from the scene but did not survive. At least three of the people who were killed were part of the local Muslim community. They were all immigrants from West Africa.
One of the surviving family members is Aisha Janneh, who was a psychology major at Lehman College. She is still in the hospital with fire-related injuries.
An 18-year-old man from Conklin, N.Y., was also critically injured. He is being held without bail. Several individual fundraisers have been set up for the fire victims. Many families are struggling to cope with the loss of their loved ones.
The fire has caused a huge amount of distress to the community. A vigil was held Tuesday evening in honor of the victims. Faith leaders left balloons and candles at the scene. A GoFundMe page for the victims has raised more than $1 million.
The FDNY has a large presence in the Bronx, and is working hard to ensure the safety of the borough’s residents. In March, the FDNY signed an executive order to enhance fire safety enforcement and educate New Yorkers on fire hazards.
Firefighters were on the scene, and the FDNY says they are now working to find out what triggered the fire. The cause of the fire will be determined by the fire marshal. The FDNY has a large response and has upgraded the fire to a second alarm. Currently, the Fire Department has more than 100 EMS personnel on the scene.