39 Vietnamese victims who were found dead in lorry container named by police

26-year-old Pham Thi Tra wrote to her mother saying she "couldn't breathe" in a final text message. (PA)
26-year-old Pham Thi Tra wrote to her mother saying she "couldn't breathe" in a final text message. (PA)

The names of the 39 Vietnamese victims who were found dead in a refrigerated lorry in Essex last month have been released.

Essex Police say that the family members of the victims have been informed after working with Vietnamese police and the Coroner to formally identify the 31 men and eight women who were smuggled into Britain, but perished along the way.

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Among the victims were two 15-year-old boys and a young woman who sent a final heartbreaking text to her mother reading, "I'm dying because I can't breath".

"I'm sorry mom. My path to abroad doesn't succeed.

“Mom, I love you so much! I'm dying bcoz I can't breath...I'm from Nghen, Can Loc, Ha Tinh, Vietnam... I am sorry, Mom", it read.

An image of Nguyen Dinh Tu, a 20-year-old Vietnamese man who has been named as one of the victims. (Reuters)
An image of Nguyen Dinh Tu, a 20-year-old Vietnamese man who has been named as one of the victims. (Reuters)

The message was from 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra and the two 15-year-old boys were named as Dinh Dinh Binh from Hai Phong and Nguyen Huy Hung from Ha Tinh.

Their bodies were found on the Waterglade Industrial Estate in a container which had been shipped to nearby Purfleet from Zeebrugge in Belgium on the 23rd October after they had allegedly paid up to £30,000 to traffickers, hoping of a better life in the UK.

Bui Thi Nhung, 19-year-old woman from Nghe An was also among the names revealed today. (Reuters)
Bui Thi Nhung, 19-year-old woman from Nghe An was also among the names revealed today. (Reuters)

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.

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"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."

The driver of the lorry Mo Robinson, from Northern Ireland, appeared in court on the 28th of October and charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.

Flowers lay next to a police line cordon at the scene where 39 bodies discovered in the back of a lorry at the Waterglade industrial Park last month (Getty Images)
Flowers lay next to a police line cordon at the scene where 39 bodies discovered in the back of a lorry at the Waterglade industrial Park last month (Getty Images)
Police and forensic teams work at the scene where the bodies were found (Getty)
Police and forensic teams work at the scene where the bodies were found (Getty)

Eamonn Harrison, 22, appeared at Dublin High Court on Friday charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, along with human trafficking and immigration offences, and was remanded in custody.

Police are appealing to two brothers from Armagh to come forward who they suspect were involved.

Ronan Hughes, 40, and his brother Christopher, 34, who have links with the haulage industries and are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and people trafficking.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson stands with Chief Constable of Essex Police, Ben-Julian Harrington lays flower in tribute to those who died. (Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson stands with Chief Constable of Essex Police, Ben-Julian Harrington lays flower in tribute to those who died. (Getty Images)

The victim’s names

Pham Thi Tra My, 26-year-old woman from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Dinh Lurong, 20-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Huy Phong, 35-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Vo Nhan Du, 19-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Tran Manh Hung, 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Tran Khanh Tho, 18-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Vo Van Linh, 25-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Van Nhan, 33-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Bui Phan Thang, 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Huy Hung, 15-year-old boy from Ha Tinh

Tran Thi Tho, 21-year-old woman from Nghe An

Bui Thi Nhung, 19-year-old woman from Nghe An

Vo Ngoc Nam, 28-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26-year-old man from Nghe An

Le Van Ha, 30-year-old man from Nghe An

Tran Thi Ngoc, 19-year-old woman from Nghe An

Nguyen Van Hung, 33-year-old man from Nghe An

Hoang Van Tiep, 18-year-old man from Nghe An

Cao Tien Dung, 37-year-old man from Nghe An

Cao Huy Thanh, 33-year-old man from Nghe An

Tran Thi Mai Nhung, 18-year-old woman from Nghe An

Nguyen Minh Quang, 20-year-old man from Nghe An

Le Trong Thanh, 44-year-old man from Dien Chau

Pham Thi Ngoc Oanh, 28-year-old woman from Nghe An

Hoang Van Hoi, 24-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Tho Tuan, 25-year-old man from Nghe An

Dang Huu Tuyen, 22-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Trong Thai, 26-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Van Hiep, 24-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Thi Van, 35-year-old woman from Nghe An

Tran Hai Loc, 35-year-old man from Nghe An

Duong Minh Tuan, 27-year-old man from Quang Binh

Nguyen Ngoc Ha, 32-year-old man from Quang Binh

Nguyen Tien Dung, 33-year-old man from Quang, Binh

Phan Thi Thanh, 41-year-old woman from Hai Phong

Nguyen Ba Vu Hung, 34-year-old man from Thua Tien Hue

Dinh Dinh Thai Quyen, 18-year-old man from Hai Phong

Tran Ngoc Hieu, 17-year-old boy from Hai Duong

Dinh Dinh Binh, 15-year-old boy from Hai Phong

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