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Three generations who died in Grenfell Fire remembered on second day of Inquiry commemorations

A family of three generations who died in the Grenfell Tower fire and a woman who live-streamed her plight while stranded on the top floor are among 12 new victims commemorated on the second day of inquiry hearings.

Tuesday marks the second of six special hearings dedicated to those who lost their lives in the June 14 blaze.

Tributes were paid to the Choucair family, including Nadia, 33, her husband Bassem Choukair, 40, their three children Mierna, 13, Fatima, 11, and Zainab, three, along with their grandmother Sirria, 60.

Hisam Choucair paid tribute to his sister Nadia and his mother Sirria, and told how he had felt broken by losing six members of his family.

"In one night I have lost half of my family. I feel like a stranger now. It has destroyed everything. I feel like part of me has been taken away," he said.

"When I go past and look at the tower I have flashbacks. I know they are just pictures in my head but I can actually see people in the windows, dying, trying to get out.

"So I keep busy, occupy myself with this, but I know it will not be until it all stops that we will see the damage. This is just the start."

Demonstrators demand justice for Grenfell victims and their families Credit: PA

Among the commemorations was an undercurrent of anger, given voice at the end of the day by Hesham Rahman's nephew, Karim Mussilhy.

In paying tribute to his uncle who was killed in the fire, he told the room that "people died because those in authority convinced themselves that they had done enough".

Over the course of the morning tributes were also paid to Rania Ibrahim and her two little girls.

Rania, 30, uploaded a harrowing Facebook Live video while stranded at the top of the tower block, live-streaming her ordeal to friends and family who watched helplessly as the flat became clogged with smoke.

She was found with her children Hania Hassan, three, and Fethia Hassan, four, on the top floor where they lived.

In a video played at the inquiry, her sister Rasha told how she still sends family news to Rania's social media accounts.

Survivor Nicholas Burton, who escaped the tower, spoke about his wife, Maria del Pilar Burton who is considered to be the fire’s 72nd victim.

She suffered from serious long-term health conditions prior to the disaster and died in January after never leaving hospital.

A display commemorating victims of the Grenfell fire Credit: PA

Tributes were also paid to Deborah Lamprell, a front of house worker at Opera Holland Park who had moved into Grenfell Tower to be closer to her work.

Clarrie Mendy, a co-founder of the Humanity For Grenfell campaign group for the bereaved, paid tribute to her cousin Mary Mendy, 54, and Mary’s daughter Khadija Saye, 24, who were also remembered on Monday.

She expressed remorse that her father helped secure safe passage to the UK from west Africa.

"If my father were alive today and saw what had become of you [Mary] and your daughter, Khadija, what you both endured to the last breath of air, I think he would have been as gutted as us all - even more so as he assisted you in obtaining your visa to enter the UK," Clarrie Mendy said.

"We, his children, my family, feel the guilt and pain of what you suffered and what you ultimately, inevitably, endured. We ... are so, so sorry. Sorry that our father helped you even to come to London to meet this terrible, haunting end."

Clarrie Mendy paid tribute to her cousin Mary and Mary’s daughter Khadija Saye

In the course of Tuesday's proceedings, the inquiry's chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, was presented with a painting of the Grenfell Tower's burnt-out shell by a bereaved relative of Mary Mendy and Khadija Saye.

Damel Carayol, cousin of the Gambian Ms Mendy, handed the work Sir Marin to keep "at the foremost of our minds" what the inquiry was about.

He had previously given Prime Minister Theresa May a copy of the same painting.

He told the hearing on Tuesday: "This is called Eyesore: The Final Straw, I've written a message on there to you, Sir Martin, if I read it to you, with your permission."

"Please do," replied the retired judge.

Sir Martin accepted a painting of the Grenfell Tower's burnt-out shell

Mr Carayol read out: "To Sir Martin Moore-Bick, work until truth is laid bare - to quote your words, Sir. Do it for humanity, do it led by love. And it is signed by myself, Damel, the family and the Grenfell community.

"This is just to gift to yourself to keep in the foremost in our minds what we are here for. We are here for each other, for humanity, if we don't care, take our eye off the ball, something like this could happen."

The painting is to hang in the hallway at the inquiry until the end of commemorations.

At one point in the afternoon there was distress among some in the room after a video shown in one of the tributes included images of the tower block burning.

Some of those attending left the room and cries could be heard from the hallway outside and it was reported that one person had collapsed.

The video was paused as a technical problem was addressed, and Bernard Richmond QC told the hearing: "I'm also aware that some people needed to leave the room, I'm sorry that the warning that should have been put out didn't get put out."

Demonstrators demand justice for Grenfell victims and their families Credit: PA

The commemorative hearings began on Monday morning with a 72-second silence for each victim.

The hearings are taking place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in South Kensington as it is closer to the Grenfell community.

The rest of phase one of the inquiry will take place at Holborn Bars in central London, where several procedural hearings have already taken place.