TRAFFICKERS herded migrants on to the Essex death truck after lying that they would be getting into taxis, it is claimed.
Distraught families said relatives called home to assure them they would be safe in a cab.
The heartbroken families of relatives who are thought to have died in the back of a lorry claim the victims were tricked into paying for safe taxis[/caption]
A candlelight vigil was held yesterday in the village of Yen Thanh where it is thought 24 of the victims came from[/caption]
They were among 39 driven to their doom in an airtight refrigerated trailer found in Grays last week.
Yesterday candlelit vigils were held in the northern Vietnamese village of Yen Thanh, home to around 24 suspected victims.
Dad Thanh Le, 57, said of music graduate son Nguyen Van Hung: “He last spoke to us on Monday and said he was going to the UK by taxi. He wanted to become the breadwinner for us.
“His mother is in a terrible state. Those responsible must be punished.”
Hoang Van Tiep, 18, was expecting to be put in a taxi. He had taken out a loan, which the family are still repaying, to be taken illegally to Russia, then France, two years ago.
His mother is in a terrible state. Those responsible must be punished.
Dad Lanh, 45, said Hoang bartered down his Channel crossing cost from £12,000 to £10,000. He last texted his mum on Tuesday.
Relatives say Le Van Ha, 30, died before meeting his baby son. Le left his village a month before the tot was born.
‘PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE’
Father-in-law Tran Due Thang, 45, said: “My grandsons will grow up without knowing their dad. My daughter’s heart is broken.”
The family of Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, begged for her body to be returned home.
Sister Loan, 26, said: “We are praying for a miracle but do not have much hope. We want to be able to bury her and mourn.”
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Families have sent photos of tattoos and fingerprint records to the authorities.
UK cops are probing claims the trailer was one of three carrying over 100 migrants in total. It arrived from Zeebrugge, Belgium, early on Wednesday.
Three people held over the deaths were bailed yesterday. Northern Irish trucker Mo Robinson, 25, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter.
The family of Hoang Van Tiep have told how he took out a loan to be taken illegally to Russia, then France, two years ago[/caption]
Nguyen Van Hung’s father says his son last contacted him on Monday to tell him he was travelling to the UK by taxi[/caption]
He says Nguyen had wanted to become the breadwinner for his family[/caption]
The family of Anna Bui Thi Nhung say they’re ‘praying for a miracle but do not have much hope’ – they have also begged for her body to be returned home[/caption]
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