British police on Friday named all 39 immigrants found in the back of a truck last month — with ten teens among the dead.
The 31 men and eight women are all Vietnamese and believed to have paid people traffickers to smuggle them into the UK when they were found in the back of the refrigerated truck in Essex on Oct. 23.
The teenage victims included two 15-year-old boys — Nguyen Huy Hung and Dinh Dinh Binh — while the eldest, Le Trong Thanh, was just 44.
The list was also confirmation that Pham Thi Tra My — who texted her family “I’m dying because I can’t breathe” — was among the dead.
Essex Police said it only released the names after an exhaustive operation to ID them all and alert next of kin, with DNA samples sought from many relatives in Vietnam to confirm identities.
Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said the force also wanted to give loved ones “time to absorb this tragic news” before going public.
“This was an incredibly important process and our team has been working hard to bring answers to worried families who fear their loved one may be among those whose tragic journey ended on our shores,” Smith said in a statement.
“Our priority has been to identify the victims, to preserve the dignity of those who have died and to support the victims’ friends and families.”
The truck’s driver, Maurice Robinson, 25, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter and faces human trafficking and money laundering charges.
Eamonn Harrison, 22, also faces the same charges and British authorities are trying to get him extradited from Ireland, Essex Police confirmed.
Police are still hunting two men from Northern Ireland, Ronan Hughes, 40 and his brother Christopher Hughes, 34, while several others have been arrested in Vietnam.
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