Remembering the lost: Vigil honors victims of Quimby Avenue fire
Loved ones and faith leaders gathered in Castle Hill Sunday to remember the victims of last month’s Quimby Avenue fire.
The community has continued to show support for the family who lost four members on the morning of Oct. 30.
A prayer vigil was held outside the home in remembrance of the victims.
"There are no terms or vocabulary that you could use to describe our loss," said family member Abdo Al-Dalaim. "Last week is full of darkness, but it's also full of hope."
One by one, faith leaders and elected officials offered their condolences and words of strength.
"We want to celebrate life, we want to celebrate the lives that this represents -- a 22-year-old, his daughter, his little brothers," said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson.
The windows of the home were all boarded up as of Sunday night -- a reminder of the fire that killed brothers 12-year-old Mohameed Waleed Ahmed, 10-year-old Kalheed Waleed Ban Saleh and 22-year-old Ahmed Saleh, as well as his 10-month-old daughter, Barah Saleh.
"I miss everything. It means so much not to see them around, it is heartbreaking," Al-Dalaim said.
Both family and friends embraced the father of all three boys as the community extended its support.
"The community's here. We'll never forget. We'll be here for whatever you need," said Community District 9 manager William Rivera.
Despite the magnitude of their loss, the family said they are still trying to stay positive.
"It gives us a little boost and hope and, God willing, we will stand together," Al-Dalaim said.
All four family members were laid to rest earlier this week in Brooklyn.