Bronx community gathers for prayer service, street sign naming ceremony honoring Twin Parks victims
One year after the tragic Twin Parks fire that killed 17 Bronx residents, members of the Muslim community gathered for a vigil in the Tremont section to pay their respects.
The private service took place on Webster Avenue, where members of the Muslim community honored those lives that were lost on Jan. 9, 2022.
Community members of the Muslim faith were coming and going from the mosque throughout Monday morning to pay their respects. Mayor Eric Adams and other city officials were also present for the time of reflection.
The community honored the 17 lives lost last year in a street renaming ceremony. Nearly all of the Twin Parks victims were of Gambian or West African descent, and part of East 181st Street is officially being co-named Abdoulie Touray Way.
Touray moved into Twin Parks in the 1970s, the first resident of Gambian descent to move into the building. He died years before the fire but is someone that many residents say was a big part of why many people of Gambian and West African descent call Twin Parks home.
"We are so thankful for him," said former Twin Parks resident Haji Dukuray. "He was a visionary... he encouraged me to have an education and to consider the United States home."