I want to die soon so I can join my father, Grenfell victim's son tells inquiry

Nick Reilly
Ali Yawar Jafari died in the tragic Grenfell Tower blaze

The son of a Grenfell Tower victim has emotionally told the inquiry into the tragic blaze that he wanted to die so he could join his elderly father in heaven.

Hamid Ali Jafari, whose father Ali Yawar Jafari, 82, was killed in last year’s blaze, said he prayed every day that he would die so he could see his father again.

He described the special connection that his ‘hero’ father had with his young son, and how he felt his father’s soul was present in the child when he held him.

Speaking quietly, Mr Jafari said: ‘I have never dreamed or thought of going to heaven but now I fight every day, every second, because I want to join my dad.

‘And I pray every day – and even I request my friends to pray for me – that I die soon to meet my father.’

An inquiry into last year’s devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in west London has begun this week (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)

Mr Jafari was pulled from Grenfell Tower by firefighters after losing contact with his family but he was he later pronounced dead at the scene due to inhalation of fire fumes.

The grandfather was described as a kind man and husband who loved animals and travelling.

His son said in a video tribute: ‘I think the happiest moment he had was when my son was born, because he was attached to him a lot.

‘Both of them were connected to each other so sometimes when I see my son I feel like my dad’s soul came in my son.’


Yesterday, turbulent scenes occurred when footage of the tower engulfed in flames was broadcast as part of a commemoration without anyone being warned beforehand.

Bernard Richmond QC apologised for the mistake, which led to people fleeing the room in tears and a woman collapsing.

On Wednesday morning, sheets of paper were placed on seats warning attendees when there may be ‘particularly upsetting’ content.

Several further commemorations will include footage of the tower on fire and of its interior after the blaze.