Family pays tribute to Grenfell Tower fire victim Biruk Haftom, 12

A 12-year-old boy who died in the Grenfell Tower fire along with his mother was a "loving, pure-hearted boy", his heartbroken family has said.

The family of Biruk Haftom and his mother Berkti, 29, said the pair had left an "everlasting legacy full of lovely memories", vowing to get them justice.

The pair are believed to have lived on the 18th floor of the tower block which went up in flames on June 14.

In a tribute released by the Metropolitan Police, the family said: "Biruk was a loving, pure-hearted boy, wise beyond his years and known for his politeness, kind heart and his love for his family and friends.

"Berkti and Biruk left an everlasting legacy full of lovely memories and their contagious laughter and charisma will live in our hearts forever.

"We are deeply hurt and heartbroken our angels were taken from us so cruelly, so young. We will not rest until justice is served!"

Denis Murphy, a victim of the Grenfell Tower fire (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Denis Murphy, a victim of the Grenfell Tower fire (Metropolitan Police/PA)

The inquests of Biruk and two other tower victims - Denis Murphy and Raymond Bernard - are due to be opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner's Court on Wednesday.

Mr Murphy, 56, is believed to have become trapped on the 14th floor of the burning block.

Last week his family said they had been left with a "gaping hole in our hearts that can never be filled" after he was formally identified as among the dead.

The family of 63-year-old Mr Bernard, who was known to friends as Moses, also paid tribute, saying he was "so dearly loved by us all and will be sadly missed by many".

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