Last two victims of Grenfell fire are mother and daughter

Alix Culbertson, News Reporter

A 71-year-old woman and her daughter, who died next to each other, are the last two victims of the Grenfell Tower fire to be identified.

Police said 71 people died in June's devastating blaze, including a stillborn baby whose mother survived.

All those who died have now been recovered, police said.

Victoria King and her daughter Alexandra Atala, a 40-year-old whose picture has not been released, were "devoted to one another", their family said.

In a statement, Ms King's siblings said: "We were devastated to hear of our sister, Vicky's, fate, and that of her daughter, Alexandra, in the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

"Some comfort can come from the knowledge that she and Alexandra were devoted to one another and spent so many mutually-supportive years together.

"They died at each other's side and now they can rest together in peace.

"We will remember them always."

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Scotland Yard said it is providing "every support we can" to the bereaved.

Police have faced a daunting task in their effort to identify the victims.

Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy said that "specialist teams working inside Grenfell Tower and the mortuary have pushed the boundaries of what was scientifically possible to identify people."

"After the fire was finally put out, I entered Grenfell Tower and was genuinely concerned that due to the intensity and duration of the fire, that we may not find, recover and then identify all those who died," he said.

"I know that each and every member of the team has done absolutely all they can to make this possible."

Many of the victims were only identifiable through their dental records or DNA testing.

Immediately after the 14 June fire, 400 people were listed as missing, but footage later showed that 223 people had escaped, while others were not at home.

One person was reported missing 46 times, while others were reported to authorities under different names.

Scotland Yard is conducting a criminal investigation that may consider individual as well as corporate manslaughter charges.