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Grenfell Tower inquiry: Girl's tribute to cousin Mehdi El-Wahabi

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The tribute to Mehdi El-Wahabi was made by his nine-year-old cousin Sara
A nine-year-old girl has paid tribute to her young cousin who died in Grenfell Tower fire alongside four members of his family.Sara Chebiouni recalled playing with Mehdi El-Wahabi and read a poem written by one of his school friends at the inquiry into the blaze.The family - Abdulaziz, 52, Faouzia, 41, Yasin, 20, Nur Huda, 16, and Mehdi, eight, died in their 21st floor flat.Sara's father Hamed El-Wahabi wept as he recalled the "heartbreaking" events.Several hours were dedicated to the memory of the family on the fifth day of the Grenfell Tower inquiry.
There were also tributes to Jessica Urbano Ramirez, who was two weeks away from her 13th birthday, and to the five members of the Kedir family, who had been in their 22nd floor flat when the fire took on 14 June last year, causing 72 deaths.
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The poem from Mehdi's school friend described him as "marvellously generous", "incredible" and "happy and helpful".Wearing a grey sweatshirt top with Grenfell written on it, Sara also read out a tribute to Mehdi from his head teacher at Oxford Gardens Primary School.He was described as "thoughtful and kind, supporting his classmates through learning challenges, always providing guidance and reassurance to those who were unsure".Mehdi was particularly talented at karate and wanted to be a vet or a firefighter, it said.Sara recalled her time with the young daughters of the Gomes family, his neighbours on the 21st-floor, who managed to escape the fire but whose baby Logan was stillborn shortly after.She said: "I am looking forward to continuing playing with baby Logan's sisters again, but it is difficult knowing that Mehdi will never be able to play with us ever again."Born in Morocco, Abdulaziz was a porter at University College London Hospital and a "popular colleague known for being kind to his patients", said his brother Hamed, who also lived in Grenfell Tower.He said: "After our father passed away, Aziz became the heart of our family, he took on a father figure; the supporter, the protector and the carer."Faouzia El-Wahabi was remembered by her sister-in-law Hanan as a wonderful baker who had a talent for sewing."She had a real presence in the community and was loved by many," Hanan said.
The El-Wahabi family lived on the 21st floor of Grenfell Tower (clockwise from top left): Faouzia, Nur Huda, Mehdi, Abdulaziz, Yasin
Huda, who was in the middle of her GCSEs, was remembered by her younger cousin Mariam.She told the inquiry: "We all wanted to be like her. We soon came to the realisation it was impossible to be like her - she was too unique."Zak Chebiouni said football coach and accountancy student Yasin was also an "inspiration" to others, adding that a "piece of him will always live on through me".A statement from rap musician Lowkey, a friend of Yasin's, told of a "beautiful, soft, curious and respectful young man".After the fire, reporters were told the family had said on the phone during the blaze that emergency services had advised them to stay inside their flat and wait for rescuers.
Day-by-day: the inquiry so far
Day 1: Tribute to baby as Grenfell inquiry opens
Day 2: Families walk out as Grenfell video shown
Day 3: Victim's son 'prays for death' to join father in heaven
Day 4: Grenfell niece tribute distress for aunt
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His wife Faouzia, who also died along with three of their children, was a talented baker and seamstress.It is those details, as much as the kindness, infectious happiness and all-round magnificence of the deceased, that really reminds you that behind these many names were real, relatable people.It's also worth noting the extent to which the inquiry is trying to make this incredibly hard task as easy as possible for the bereaved.From counsellors around the room and calm-down breathing classes after each session, to breaking on time for afternoon prayers, the emphasis at the moment is still very much on those who lost so much.
'Emptiness inside us'
In a video, Jessica Urbano Ramirez's sister said it broke her heart that she will not be able to watch her "grow up into a beautiful girl".Melanie Urbano Ramirez paid tribute with her father Ramiro Urbano and mother Adriana Ramirez, saying: "Not a day goes by where she doesn't cross my mind..."I will miss having a sister but she will always be in my heart."
Jessica Urbano Ramirez was two weeks away from her 13th birthday
Mr Urbano said: "There are no words to describe the feelings of emptiness inside us all."Every day, every hour, and every minute we will lose concentration on whatever we are doing, whether it is a family gathering, or at work, or even alone at home, because she will be in our thoughts forever."The video showed a shrine to Jessica and there were photographs of her jumping on a trampoline, dressed up as a fairy and smiling next to several birthday cakes.Jessica's parents had not been in their 20th floor flat when the blaze broke out and had launched frantic search for their daughter in the following days.
Loved her home
The inquiry also remembered the "lovely, bubbly" Ligaya Moore, 78.Her friend Nenita Bunggay said the Filipino pensioner, who had lived in the UK for 43 years and worked as a nanny, was a "mother, sister, everything".
Ligaya Moore was said to love visiting restaurants and shopping
She recalled Ligaya's visits to restaurants and shopping trips, adding her friend "was so proud to live in Grenfell. She would always say every time we walked past: 'Nenita, that's my building, 21st floor. It's a big building and I love it so much, even though I'm alone there, I love seeing it every day'".She added: "Especially the fireworks, she loved that kind of beautiful thing from her building."Vincent Chiejina, 60, who was found dead on the 17th floor, was a massive fan of Star Trek, his sister Obi said in a video tribute on behalf of his family.Vincent had grown up in Nigeria before their family moved to the UK and he studied engineering at Sheffield University.
Vincent Chiejina's family paid tribute to him for helping others
His sister said: "I think he was also quite good at looking after people who were quite vulnerable like himself. So he would never reject anybody just because they were less privileged than himself, and he was always good at spotting that, not exploiting it... wanting to quietly support them with whatever troubles they had but also making them feel good."She added: "He guided and gave directions to others. Let's celebrate and remember those who help others."
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