A father whose ex-wife and 6-year-old son died in Sunday’s horrific Bronx high-rise hearth described the agonizing dialog when he needed to inform his surviving daughter they didn’t make it out alive.
Mamadi Jambang, 53, who didn’t dwell along with his youngsters and ex, advised The Put up that by witness accounts he decided the trio have been on the highest flooring of the 19-story constructing when the blaze broke out.
His son, Omar Jambang, and the boy’s mom, 43-year-old Fatoumata Tunkara, have been amongst two of 17 victims who died of smoke inhalation within the inferno that began in a third-floor duplex.
“I assume Fatoumata carried Omar down the steps when the smoke was going up,” the daddy mentioned. “They have been coming down the steps.”
Mamadi’s 9-year-old daughter, Mariam Jambang, was along with her mother and brother that day and survived.
At first, uncertain of the best way to break the devastating information – Mamadi advised his daughter the 2 have been nonetheless within the hospital. However he finally broke the heartbreaking reality.
“I needed to clarify to Mariam what occurred,” the daddy mentioned. “I needed to sit her down, near me, as a result of she’s been asking on a regular basis for her mommy.”
“Initially I advised her mommy was on the hospital with Omar and that they’d be OK. However in the long run I needed to inform her ‘mommy and Omar didn’t make it, they handed away, you’re not going to see them anymore, however I’m right here for you, don’t fear, we’ll be OK,’” Mamadi recounted.
Mamadi mentioned he and his ex-wife had joint custody of the youngsters and now his daughter will probably be residing with him full time.
The boy and his sister have been inseparable and “at all times enjoying collectively,” Mamadi mentioned.
The daddy remembered his son as a “very good” and “very lively” boy who did effectively at school at Success Academy in Washington Heights.
“I actually liked him. It is rather unlucky,” he mentioned.