Cardi B has pledged to cover the funeral expenses of the 17 people who tragically died in a Bronx apartment building fire.
The fire, that took place on Sunday (January 9), claimed the lives of Fatoumata Drammeh, 50; Foutmala Drammeh, 21; Muhammed Drammeh, 12; Nyumaaisha Drammeh, 19; Haji Dukary, 49; Fatoumata Dukureh, 5; Haja Dukureh, 37; Mariam Dukureh, 11; Mustapha Dukureh, 12; Omar Jambang, 6; Sera Janneh, 27; Haouwa Mahamadou, 5; Seydou Toure, 12; Fatoumata Tunkara, 43; Isatou Jabbie, 31; Hagi Jawara, 47; and Ousmane Konteh, 2.
In a statement, Cardi B, who is a Bronx native, said:
I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still.
So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help.
I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal.
I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.
According to her rep, the artist partnered up with The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to make sure that the families of all the victims would be included in her donation and “that the final wishes for their loved ones were met.”
The State of New York has also announced a $2 million fund to aid the victims of the fire.
The fund “will provide tenants with case management services, personal property replacement, and relocation and rental assistance to help address critical household needs,” according to a press release from Governor Hochul’s office.
I extend my prayers and sincerest condolences to all of the families impacted by this tragic fire.