Prayers for lost 39 as Vietnamese community rallies at London vigil

03-Nov-2019 Intellasia | | 9:14 AM Print This Post

Members of the Vietnamese community have gathered in London for a vigil in memory of the 39 people found in a lorry in Essex.

A vigil on Saturday evening was attended by more than one hundred people at the Church of the Holy Name and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in east London.

Candles spelling out “39″ were at the foot of the altar ahead of the service in the Catholic church, which has a large Vietnamese congregation.

Reverend Simon Nguyen said: “Today we gather to remember the people who have departed.

“These people who used to live among us, who dined with us.

More than 100 people have gathered to remember the 39 victims of the Essex lorry tragedy. (PA)

More than 100 people have gathered to remember the 39 victims of the Essex lorry tragedy. (PA)

“Today they are no longer with us.”

Members of the congregation performed readings as part of the vigil and candles were lit.

On Friday, Essex Police announced that it believed all the victims were Vietnamese after previously stating it was thought they were Chinese.

A spokesperson for Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the incident a “serious humanitarian tragedy” in a statement on Saturday.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/prayers-lost-39-vietnamese-community-231911002.html

 


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