Thu. May 26th, 2022

Muhammed Drammeh turned 12 on Saturday and died the next morning with his mother and two sisters – leaving his father in mourning over the loss of his entire family after Sunday’s Bronx fire.

“One day they’re just gone and you’ll never see them again,” a numb Ishak Drammeh told The Post on Tuesday.

“My kids were lovely,” the father said.

The Gambian-born father lost his son as well as his wife Fatoumata, 50, and two daughters, Fatoumala, 21, and Nyumaaisha, 19.

The father had been at work in Ohio at the time of the fire.

He said he is still waiting to see the bodies of his loved ones.

“Detectives gave us a confirmation number to say they were all dead, but I can not say that because I have not seen them yet,” he said. “They say they want to send us pictures, but I still have not seen them.

Ishak Drammeh talks about his family.
Ishak Drammeh lost his entire family – wife, son and two daughters – to the fire in the Bronx apartment on January 9th.
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Ishak Drammeh is comforted by a member of the NYPD Community Affairs.
Ishak Drammeh – who is still waiting to see his family’s body – hugs a member of the NYPD Community Affairs after the devastating fire.
Robert Miller for the NY Post

“I could not see my wife, my little daughter or my son. I am between heaven and heaven right now.”

His wife of 28 years and children all died in their apartment on the 15th floor of the Twin Parks Northwest high-rise when the fire broke out.

Drammeh, who has not been able to eat since learning of his family’s death, said Fatoumala was in her final year of an economics degree at the University of Buffalo while Nyumaaisha worked at a hospital until she had to start university later this year. . Muhammad was also in school.

Siblings from Drammeh pose for photos together.
The children, Fatoumala, Nyumaaisha and Muhammed, died with their mother Fatoumala in their 15th floor apartment on Sunday.
Family photos

Drammeh prayed Tuesday at the Bronx Mosque Masjid Ar-Rahama, which has connections to 16 of the 17 dead.

“To be honest with you, I know we all came from Allah Almighty, and we all go back to the Almighty,” Drammeh said.

Imam Musa Kabba is currently organizing a mass funeral for the victims who want to be buried in the United States.

Bronx fire victims Fatoumata Drammeh, center, and Muhammed Drammeh, right, are pictured with their surviving relative Fatimah Drammeh.
The sibling couple Drammeh and their mother are four out of 17 people who died in the Sunday fire.
Family photo

“We lost 16 people who belonged to this center, including fathers and mothers and children,” Kabba said. “We all used to pray together. We have lost our people and our family. There is a lot of grief.”

Drammeh plans to bury his family in the United States, where his three children were born.

Tijan Janneh is another father in grief.

His daughter, Sere Janneh, 27, is one of the 17 dead.

“My daughter was so kind and hardworking and respectful,” Janneh said as he returned to his apartment in the doomed building on Tuesday to collect some belongings.

“When the fire broke out, there was too much smoke. We live on the sixth floor. I opened the door and said, ‘Let’s go out.’ Everyone was going out.

“There was too much dark smoke, we could see nothing. From there we all split.

“Later, they just got the news to us,” he said. “My daughter is gone.”


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