United Kingdom police name Vietnamese truck victims


United Kingdom police say 10 teenagers are among the 39 people found dead in a truck container in southeastern England.

While the Vietnamese police have arrested eight people in relation to the case, two people have been charged in Britain over the deaths of the Vietnamese migrants who traveled to the country in hopes of a better life.

Also among the victims was 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra My who sent a final text message home saying she could not breathe.

The victims came from six provinces - Haiphong, Hai Duong, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Hue - Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security said in a statement.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith, who is in charge of the investigation, said in a statement that police had been "working hard to bring answers to anxious families who fear their loved one may be among those whose tragic journey ended on our shores".

According to The Guardian, senior officer in charge of the inquiry in Essex, Tim Smith, noted that the identification of all 39 victims was "an important step" in hopefully tracking down those responsible of the people-smuggling tragedy as well as in supporting the families of the dead.

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LONDON (AP) - Ten teenagers were among the 39 Vietnamese found dead in a truck container in southeast England last month, local police said Friday while relaying for the first time details of those who died.

Of the 39 victims found in a shipping container parked near the south-east English port of Purfleet on October 23, 10 were under the age of 20 and eight were female.

Police in Britain have charged the 25-year-old driver of the refrigerated lorry, Mo Robinson, from Northern Ireland, with manslaughter, money laundering and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.

Eamonn Harrison, 22, additionally faces the identical costs and British authorities are attempting to get him extradited from Eire, Essex Police confirmed. "My journey overseas doesn't succeed", she wrote. Several others have been arrested in Vietnam. "Mom, I love you and dad very much".

Before new details about the Essex lorry victims were revealed, the Church of the Holy Name and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in east London held services to honor the memory of the Vietnamese migrants.