Bronx fire: Rap superstar Cardi B offers to arrange funerals for all 17 fire victims

NEW YORK – Cardi B has offered to pay for the funeral expenses of all 17 people killed in a fire that destroyed a New York City high-rise building.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday announced that the Grammy-winning rapper had offered financial relief to the victims of the Bronx fires, where she grew up.

“This city’s resilience reflects everyday New Yorkers who never turn their backs on one another,” says Adams. “We are grateful to Cardi B, a true superstar on and off the mic, for providing some significant financial relief to the families of the victims. The city will forever be grateful to her and to the families of the victims. Foundation sponsors and corporate partners have been able to provide immediate support to our neighbors who are struggling, to re-establish themselves during this difficult time.”

Many of the victims had ties to the Gambia, and the families of some of the victims planned to bury them in their West African homeland. The mayor’s office said Cardi B had committed to cover the repatriation costs of the victims to be buried in the Gambia.

“I’m incredibly proud to be from the Bronx and I have so many family and friends who still live and work there. So when I heard about the fire and all the victims, I knew what I needed to do. something to help,” Cardi B said in a statement. “I can’t begin to imagine the pain and anguish the families of the victims are going through, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs involved in burying their loved ones will help.” help as they move forward and heal. I offer my prayers and condolences to all those affected by this terrible tragedy.”

New York City’s deadliest fire in three decades was caused by a faulty space heater, authorities said.

The Bronx Fire Relief Fund has received thousands of grassroots donations, as well as support from philanthropic and business community partners. To date, the fund has raised more than $2.5 million. For local updates, individuals can text ‘181STFIRE to 692692 for updates and victim resources.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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