First Grenfell Tower fire victim named as University of West London student
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Just a day after the horrific Grenfell Tower fire, 17 residents have been reported dead and authorities only expect that number to rise.
The first victim to be named is 24-year-old Mohammad Alhajali, a Civil Engineering student at the University of West London and a Syrian refugee who came to Britain in search of a “better life.”
Alhajali resided on the 14th floor of the 24-storey building with his brother Omar, a 25-year-old business student who is currently being treated at Kings Cross hospital after evacuating the blazing tower. Muhammad was unable to make it out of the building.
The brothers were granted asylum in Britain three years ago after successfully escaping from Daraa, a southern city in Syria that is the birthplace of the Syrian uprising against Assad, the country’s leader.
“He survived Assad, he survived the war, only to be killed in a tower block in London,” Abdulaziz Almashi, a friend of Muhammad, told the Daily Telegraph.Muhammad’s friend Mirna Suleiman took to Facebook to express her sorrow, posting: “This beautiful soul was lost today... as long as many others. His story touched me personally because he had escaped death from Syria and came to the UK to find a new life.”