The bodies of the remaining three people who died at Nechells recycling plant has been recovered according to the police. Detective Superintendent Mark Payne said: “All five bodies have been successfully recovered.
“They are in a temporary mortuary facility. We will move them to Coventry Hospital because there is specialist equipment that we use in postmortems.
“Forensic postmortems will take place on Monday.”
He said they will be working with the families to formalise the identities in the days ahead. “It’s a complicated process.”
Det Supt Payne added all the next of kin had been informed.
Four of the victims are originally from Gambia, while one of them is from Senegal. The victims are locally named as Saibo Babuyagui Sillah, Alimamo Jammeh, Ousman Jabbie, Bangaly Dukureh and Mohammed Jagana.
A Gambian residing in Birmingham, a security guard and music promoter, Pagorrel Mboye said: “As a Muslim and a Gambian I’ve come to show my solidarity. It’s sad, this is the first time that this kind of tragedy has happened in our community.”
While work was ongoing to recover the bodies, some kind neighbours have brought out a table with juices and fruit for members of the Gambian community who have gathered awaiting news.
Isatou Sanneh from Nechells, also went to the scene to show support. The mother of three said: “They are kind, they know people would’ve been there since yesterday and will be thirsty. There was a huge turnout yesterday and they must’ve seen how worried they are so they helped them.”
“We really appreciate them. I would like to thank them, they are nice neighbours. The victims are from my community and I want to show my support.”
Another Gambian, Kabiro Daboe, knew one of the victims, Alimamo Jammeh, from Aston. According to Kabiro, he travelled from London and spent Eid with him on Wednesday, he said, they ate, talked and watched the Wales v Portugal match together. Mr Daboe returned this morning to the plant. He said: “We are waiting for news. There will be an update from family members on what’s happening.”
A crowd fundraising has been setup for the devastated families and at the time of going to press, it has topped £13,000 after hundreds of generous Brummies dug deep.
More than 250 people logged on to the JustGiving page to pledge donations – touched by the tragic stories of the men involved.
One of the donates a businessman Paul Bassi, chief executive of Real Estate Investors, who donated £1,000. He said: “This is a real tragedy and puts all the economic and political headlines of recent days into perspective.”
“Our thoughts are with the families of the men who died at this very difficult time, and I would urge my friends and colleagues in corporate Birmingham to dig deep to support the Birmingham Post and Mail’s humane initiative.” You can donate here:https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Nechells5