Essex lorry deaths: Police name 39 Vietnamese victims

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Pham Thi Tra My and Nguyen Dinh Luong
Pham Thi Tra My, 26, and Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20, were among the victims

The names of all 39 Vietnamese nationals who were found dead in a refrigerated lorry in Essex have been released by police.

Ten teenagers, including two 15-year-old boys, were among the victims.

Their bodies were found in a lorry trailer in an industrial park in Grays on 23 October.

Essex coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said: “May I take this opportunity to offer my deepest condolences to the victims’ families.”

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said: “This was an incredibly important process and our team has been working hard to bring answers to worried families who fear their loved one may be among those whose tragic journey ended on our shores.

“Our priority has been to identify the victims, to preserve the dignity of those who have died and to support the victims’ friends and families.”

Bui Thu Nhung
Image captionBui Thi Nhung, 19, from Nghe An province, was also found dead in the lorry
Lorry container being moved under police escort
Image captionThe bodies were discovered in a lorry trailer in the early hours of 23 October

Pham Thi Tra My, 26, sent her family a message on the night of 22 October – the day before the 39 people were found dead – saying she could not breathe and her “trip to a foreign land has failed”.

Le Minh Tuan, the father of 30-year-old Le Van Ha, who comes from an agricultural part of Vietnam, previously told the BBC he was convinced his son was among the dead.

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