By Tablet Staff
FORDHAM HEIGHTS — A burial ceremony is scheduled to take place Sunday for 15 victims of last week’s devastating Bronx apartment building fire, according to a local Muslim cleric.
On Wednesday two young victims — 12-year-old Seydoo Toure and his 5-year-old sister, Haowa Mahamdou — received funeral rites at Timbuktu Islamic Center in Harlem.
Sheikh Musa Drammeh of the Bronx Islamic Center said Thursday that the funeral for 15 of the victims will be held at the center. A burial service will follow in Queens on Sunday, according to Imam Musa Kabba, of the Ar-Rahma Mosque, the local house of worship for the victims, who were all originally from the same community in Gambia.
The services will come one week after a fire at a 19-story apartment building at 333 East 181st St., killed 17 people — including eight children.
While Muslim law requires burial within 24 hours, families have been waiting for the medical examiner’s office to release the bodies.
Earlier reports suggested that some victims would be buried back in their homeland, however, the families decided to hold services in New York so they can be close to their lost loved ones.