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Teenage Essex lorry victim’s family surround the 19-year-old’s coffin

The devastated relatives of one of the youngest victims from the Essex lorry tragedy have finally been reunited with her body as she was repatriated to Vietnam today.

Family members gathered around the coffin of Bui Thi Nhung, 19, at the family home as they prepared to say their emotional final goodbyes.

She was one of 39 Vietnamese nationals who had attempted to be smuggled to Britain in the cramped confines of a refrigerated lorry last month, but tragically died after being trapped inside it for 10 hours.

The last of the group’s remains were repatriated to their home country on Saturday, with photos showing their arrival of of 16 coffins and seven urns at the Hanoi airport having been flown in from London.

They were loaded into ambulances on a foggy morning for a trip to their hometowns in several provinces in northern and central Vietnam.

Shortly after noon on Saturday, the body of one victim, 19-year-old Bui Thi Nhung, arrived at Phu Tang church in the village of Do Thanh.

Devastated family members gathered around the coffin of Bui Thi Nhung, 19, at the family home as they prepared to say their emotional final goodbyes after her body is repatriated back to Vietnam

Shortly after noon on Saturday, the body of one victim, 19-year-old Bui Thi Nhung, arrived at Phu Tang church in the village of Do Thanh

Shortly after noon on Saturday, the body of one victim, 19-year-old Bui Thi Nhung, arrived at Phu Tang church in the village of Do Thanh

More than 100 Catholic villagers and family members waited for the body's arrival at a highway leading to the village. They held white flowers, standing by the side of the road as the ambulance carrying the body passed

More than 100 Catholic villagers and family members waited for the body’s arrival at a highway leading to the village. They held white flowers, standing by the side of the road as the ambulance carrying the body passed

All the victims have been confirmed to have come from central or northern Vietnam. Pictured: Victim Anna Bui Thi Nhung (left) with sister Bui Thi Loan

All the victims have been confirmed to have come from central or northern Vietnam. Pictured: Victim Anna Bui Thi Nhung (left) with sister Bui Thi Loan

The impoverished villages the victims hailed from have largely been left out of the economic development that has turned urban centers in Vietnam such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi into boom towns, sending many on a risky journey looking for a better life abroad

The impoverished villages the victims hailed from have largely been left out of the economic development that has turned urban centers in Vietnam such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi into boom towns, sending many on a risky journey looking for a better life abroad

A funeral will be held for Nhung at her home on Sunday, followed by a ceremony at the church before the burial

A funeral will be held for Nhung at her home on Sunday, followed by a ceremony at the church before the burial

The last of the group's remains were repatriated to their home country on Saturday, with photos showing their arrival of of 16 coffins and seven urns at the Hanoi airport having been flown in from London

The last of the group’s remains were repatriated to their home country on Saturday, with photos showing their arrival of of 16 coffins and seven urns at the Hanoi airport having been flown in from London

More than 100 Catholic villagers and family members waited for the body’s arrival at a highway leading to the village. They held white flowers, standing by the side of the road as the ambulance carrying the body passed.

After 15 minutes at the church, the mourners moved to Nhung’s home nearby. One of Nhung’s nieces held her portrait to lead the procession.

Nhung’s coffin was placed in the middle of the living room of the one-story house, with the family weeping by the sides. Relatives and neighbors came into the home to place incense.

A funeral will be held for Nhung at her home on Sunday, followed by a ceremony at the church before the burial.

The bodies were found Oct. 23 in the English town of Grays, east of London. Police said the victims were aged between 15 and 44. While no cause of death has been officially established, the circumstances suggested asphyxiation.

The 31 men and eight women are believed to have paid human traffickers for their clandestine transit into England. Several suspects have been arrested in the U.K. and Vietnam. 

Vietnamese officials examine a box containing an urn of remains of one of the victims as they begin delivering them to their families

Vietnamese officials examine a box containing an urn of remains of one of the victims as they begin delivering them to their families

Ambulances carrying bodies of victims found dead in a truck container in Britain from Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Vietnam back to their families as the repatriation process nears completion

Ambulances carrying bodies of victims found dead in a truck container in Britain from Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Vietnam back to their families as the repatriation process nears completion

Nguyen Dinh Gia visits the newly built grave of his son Nguyen Dinh Luong at the homeland cemetery in Ha Tinh province, Vietnam. His body was found by police after they stopped the refrigerated lorry transporting him and 38 other near Grays in Essex

Nguyen Dinh Gia visits the newly built grave of his son Nguyen Dinh Luong at the homeland cemetery in Ha Tinh province, Vietnam. His body was found by police after they stopped the refrigerated lorry transporting him and 38 other near Grays in Essex

The process of identifying the bodies who died in the container has taken just over two weeks, with the Identification Commission, overseen by the coroner for Essex, using fingerprints, DNA, dental records and distinctive body markings

The process of identifying the bodies who died in the container has taken just over two weeks, with the Identification Commission, overseen by the coroner for Essex, using fingerprints, DNA, dental records and distinctive body markings

An initial set of 16 bodies were handed over to their families on Wednesday, and funerals were held the following day.

The impoverished villages the victims hailed from have largely been left out of the economic development that has turned urban centers in Vietnam such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi into boom towns, sending many on a risky journey looking for a better life abroad.

Maurice Robinson, 25, who is accused over the deaths of 39 migrants, has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to plotting to assist illegal immigration

 Maurice Robinson, 25, who is accused over the deaths of 39 migrants, has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to plotting to assist illegal immigration

The process of identifying the bodies who died in the container has taken just over two weeks, with the Identification Commission, overseen by the coroner for Essex, using fingerprints, DNA, dental records and distinctive body markings to confirm the victims’ names.

All the victims were later confirmed to have come from central or northern Vietnam, with most being in their 20s and 30s, along with 10 teenagers and two in their early 40s.

Lorry driver Maurice ‘Mo’ Robinson, who is accused over the deaths of the 39 migrants, pleaded guilty to plotting to assist illegal immigration.

The 25-year-old, of Craigavon, Northern Ireland, was arrested shortly after the bodies of eight females and 31 males were discovered in the container attached to his Scania cab in an industrial park in Grays, Essex, early on October 23. 

Robinson, who is known as Mo, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh prison for a plea hearing. He faces 39 counts of manslaughter, a count of conspiracy to traffic people, and one charge of concealing criminal property.

Today he admitted acquiring criminal property and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, but entered no pleas to the other counts. He will appear in court again next month.

The victims included (top row, left to right) Pham Tra My, 26, Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, Nguyen Huy Hung, 15, and (middle row, left to right) Nguyen Dinh Lurong, 20, Vo Ngoc Nam, 28, Hoang Van Tiep, 18, and (bottom row, left to right) Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26, Nguyen van Hung, 33, and Le Van Ha, 30

The victims included (top row, left to right) Pham Tra My, 26, Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, Nguyen Huy Hung, 15, and (middle row, left to right) Nguyen Dinh Lurong, 20, Vo Ngoc Nam, 28, Hoang Van Tiep, 18, and (bottom row, left to right) Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26, Nguyen van Hung, 33, and Le Van Ha, 30

The group were were from five provinces in the central, coastal area of Vietnam and two provinces near Hanoi

The group were were from five provinces in the central, coastal area of Vietnam and two provinces near Hanoi

Who were the 39 people who died in the Esssex lorry container? 

These are the names of the victims of the Essex truck tragedy are: 

 Pham Thi Tra My, a 26-year-old woman from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Dinh Lurong, a 20-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Huy Phong, a 35-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Vo Nhan Du, a 19-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Tran Manh Hung, a 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Tran Khanh Tho, a 18-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Vo Van Linh, a 25-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Van Nhan, a 33-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Bui Phan Thang, a 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Huy Hung, a 15-year-old boy from Ha Tinh

Tran Thi Tho, a 21-year-old woman from Nghe An

Bui Thi Nhung, a 19-year-old woman from Nghe An

Vo Ngoc Nam, a 28-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Dinh Tu, a 26-year-old man from Nghe An

Le Van Ha, a 30-year-old man from Nghe An

Tran Thi Ngoc, a 19-year-old woman from Nghe An

Nguyen Van Hung, a 33-year-old man from Nghe An

Hoang Van Tiep, a 18-year-old man from Nghe An

Cao Tien Dung, a 37-year-old man from Nghe An

Cao Huy Thanh, a 33-year-old man from Nghe An

Tran Thi Mai Nhung, a 18-year-old woman from Nghe An

Nguyen Minh Quang, a 20-year-old man from Nghe An

Le Trong Thanh, a 44-year-old man from Dien Chau

Pham Thi Ngoc Oanh, a 28-year-old woman from Nghe An

Hoang Van Hoi, a 24-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Tho Tuan, a 25-year-old man from Nghe An

Dang Huu Tuyen, a 22-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Trong Thai, a 26-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Van Hiep, a 24-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Thi Van, a 35-year-old woman from Nghe An

Tran Hai Loc, a 35-year-old man from Nghe An

Duong Minh Tuan, a 27-year-old man from Quang Binh

Nguyen Ngoc Ha, a 32-year-old man from Quang Binh

Nguyen Tien Dung, a 33-year-old man from Quang, Binh

Phan Thi Thanh, a 41-year-old woman from Hai Phong

Nguyen Ba Vu Hung, a 34-year-old man from Thua Tien Hue

Dinh Dinh Thai Quyen, a 18-year-old man from Hai Phong

Tran Ngoc Hieu, a 17-year-old boy from Hai Duong

Dinh Dinh Binh 15-year-old boy from Hai Phong

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