The Vietnamese woman who sent her mother an SMS as the cooled container that left her and 38 others without air had been deported from Britain days ago and tried to return, her family claimed today.
Pham Tra My, 26, was in touch with no one at home after she sent a final horrible message when she crossed from Zeebrugge, Belgium, to Purfleet, Essex and said: “I can't breathe. Mom, I'm so sorry. & # 39;
She was traded for £ 30,000 to Britain after her parents, who earn about £ 300 a month, added the debt to their mortgage – and now her brother has claimed that her tragic journey across the North Sea was her second crossing.
He said to the Vietnamese press: & # 39; She was arrested a few days ago (in Britain) and they brought her back to France. Now we heard that she might have died & # 39 ;.
Pham had been promised to travel to Britain by car or plane and was charged with the & # 39; VIP & # 39; route – but instead the young woman is feared to be frozen to death in the freight container after having sent a horrific series of messages to her parents, saying: & # 39; I'm dying. & # 39;
Her father Pham Van Thin said: "We tried to talk her out because it would be a very difficult journey – but she said," If I don't go, the family would remain in a difficult situation because of the debt. " & # 39;
& # 39; So she took a risk and we had to agree. We are in shock. I cannot explain our pain. We were all broken. If I had known that she would follow this path, I would not have let her go. & # 39;
He also told CNN that smugglers said the crossing & # 39; a safe route & # 39; and that people would go by plane or car.
The names of eight suspected victims have come to light so far: Pham Tra My, 26, Hung Nguyen, 33, Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26, Le Van Ha, 30, Vo Ngoc Nam, 28 , Joseph Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20, and Hoang Van Tiep, 18.
The names of eight suspected victims feared by their families are: Pham Tra My, 26, Hung Nguyen, 33, Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26, Le Van Ha, 30, Vo Ngoc Nam, 28 , Joseph Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20, and Hoang Van Tiep, 18.
Pham Tra My, 26, was the first person to be named by family as one of the 39 deaths in the container tragedy and it seems that she was deported from Britain days earlier
Her parents Nguyen Thi Phong (left) and Pham Van Thin (right) remorted to give their daughter a better life abroad – but the £ 30,000 journey was intended by plane and taxi – not the back of a truck, they say
In text messages sent Tuesday at 10:28 GMT, two hours before they were all found dead, Pham Thi Tra told her mother: & # 39; I love you so much … I'm sorry & # 39; (photo)
Who has been arrested so far?
While the police in the UK continue to investigate the 39 migrants who lost their lives upon entering the country, we keep track of who has been arrested so far.
Maurice Mo Robinson truck driver: Arrested on suspicion of murder, the 25-year-old was charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, human trafficking and money laundering. He will appear in court today in Chelmsford.
Mo Robinson is the truck driver who was arrested after 39 people were found dead in the back of a truck he was driving
Joanna Maher, 38, and her husband Thomas, also 38: The Warrington couple who had previously told MailOnline that they had sold the container are supposed to have been detained on suspicion of conspiracy for traffic people and on suspicion of 39 counts of manslaughter.
They have been released until next month.
Mrs. Maher, a mother of three, pictured with her truck driver husband Thomas, told MailOnline that she had sold the truck involved in the death of 39 migrants to an Irish transport company 13 months ago.
48-year-old man from Northern Ireland: The last arrest took place at Stansted Airport. The identity of the man has not yet been revealed, but the police said he was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy for traffic people and suspected manslaughter.
20 year old man from Northern Ireland: The man was arrested after stepping off a ferry Saturday afternoon. A blue Scania truck that he was driving was seized by the police.
The smugglers who had to cram 39 people in an ice-cold truck, were considered by the grieving father of one of the victims as & # 39; cruel and evil & # 39; labeled.
Nyguen Thanh Le spoke out after the grim task of delivering a DNA sample to help identify his 33-year-old son Nguyen Van Hung
Vietnamese authorities visited his home this weekend to collect a hair sample that will lead to his music-loving son Nguyen Van Hung, also known as Hung Nguyen, being formally identified.
His shocked family has not heard from him since October 21 when he sent a message that he & # 39; by taxi & # 39; went to the UK.
The music graduate is thought to have told his parents that he was being smuggled into the UK in a taxi instead of the back of a truck because he didn't want to worry them.
Then Le said: & # 39; The people who have done this are cruel and evil. The driver only has to stop and let the people out and give them a chance to live. & # 39;
The 55-year-old wife Pham Thi Lan was sitting in front of sobs while she & # 39; loving son & # 39; remembered who was kind to the family and his brothers and sisters.
Officials have yet to confirm that their son is among the 39 victims found in the back of a refrigerated truck.
But like other families in the rural province bordering 170 miles from Hanoi, the lack of communication when they were about to begin the final stage of their journey from Vietnam was sufficiently confirmed to know that they had died.
A visit from the local police to collect a DNA sample was further proof to Mr. Thi Lan that his son had died.
Van Hung, the second oldest of six children, worked in France as a dishwasher in a Vietnamese restaurant when he paid smugglers to take him across the Channel.
He had entered France illegally over a year ago with his father who said he had hoped to get work in a nail bar and had been looking forward to the UK.
He said that Van Hung decided to leave his hometown in search of better work. Many others had come to the UK safely and could send money home to support their families.
Despite obtaining a degree in music studies at a university in the city of Huey, Van Hung could not have found a well-paid job.
After a series of low-income jobs, he decided to quit Vietnam completely and move to France. Van Hung would keep in regular contact with his parents who call or send messages every week or two weeks.
The calls ended abruptly on October 21 with his latest message that he was being taken by taxi from France to the UK.
Thanh Le said he had no idea how his son came into contact with human smugglers or how much he had paid for his journey to the UK.
While family and friends gathered in a sheltered area in front of their house, the police summoned a DNA sample.
This will be used by Essex-based forensic experts to offer a match with the bodies pulled from the refrigerated truck that arrived on a crossing from Zeebrugge last week.
Thanh Le said his son had gone abroad for a better life. It was for the same reason that 18-year-old Hoang Van Tiep had left his family in Yen Thanh to risk his life in the UK.
His father, Hoag, said his teenage son had also told him that he would travel to the UK by taxi. The family had raised £ 17,500 to smuggle people to get the teenager to the UK.
His route first brought him to Russia before he arrived in France in 2018 and last week boarded the ill-fated truck container that became an icy tomb.
The shocked family of Nguyen Van Hung has not heard from him since 21 October when he sent a message that he & # 39; by taxi & # 39; went to the UK
The family of the youngest female victim of the horror of the freezer container has pleaded to bring her body back to Vietnam so that they can say a final goodbye.
Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, is feared as one of the 39 people found dead in the back of a container that arrived from Belgium.
Her older sister Bui Thi Loan told MailOnline that she wanted her body to be repatriated so that she could be buried in the village she had left in search of a better life.
& # 39; We pray for a miracle that Anna is still alive, but we don't have much hope & # 39 ;, said the 26-year-old.
& # 39; Now we just want Anna to come home. We want to be able to bury her and mourn.
& # 39; She was just looking for a better life and we are still struggling to understand how this happened. & # 39;
While Bui spoke, the teenager's mother was lying on the bed in the family home too sad to speak or move.
It is when the transport boss and his wife Thomas and Joanna Maher, who have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, have been released on bail.
Earlier they told MailOnline that they had had the container in which the remains of the victims were found until last year. They are now in custody until 11 November.
Family members gathered in the courtyard of the house in the village of Yen Thanh in the province of Nghe An, bordering 170 miles from the country's capital Hanoi.
They were smoking and drinking tea while a procession of visitors was called to pay their respects to an improvised sanctuary with a picture of Anna.
The victims were thought to have fake Chinese passports – but it is believed that they come from Vietnam
Photos show the inside of the refrigerated trailer where 39 people were found dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning
Mo Robinson was pictured posing in front of a truck with a cowboy hat and a drink in hand (left), and also lurking earlier at the police (right). He's in court
Joanna and Thomas Maher, arrested in connection with the death of Essex trucks due to historical links with the truck. They have now been released on bail
Less than half a mile away in the same village, another family had built a shrine for former soldier Nguyen Dinh Tu.
Relatives revealed that they were certain that he was one of those who died because he would meet relatives – both illegal in the UK – and did not show up.
His brother Nguyen Van Tinh said they had contacted family members, but admitted that they were living illegally in the UK because they were too scared to contact the police investigating death.
Van Tinh handed MailOnline a picture of his brother, which he requested to send to the Essex police to assist with any identification.
The photo shows Dinh Tu sitting on a bench in the park with his right arm covered with tattoos.
MailOnline has emailed the photo to Essex Police and provided family contact information.
Although more than half a dozen names of potential victims have been revealed, authorities in Vietnam have not contacted families to request identification.
Vietnam authorities confirmed that 24 families had contacted them for fear that their loved ones were victims of the fall of the truck.
The families come from two county areas, Ha Tinh and Nghe An.
It was thought that the victims were carrying false Chinese passports after embarking on their dangerous journey to the UK from China.
The terrible events of recent days are just the last example of the trade in & # 39; human freight & # 39; between China and Great Britain, a 5000-mile route through Asia and mainland Europe that can last a month
Robinson arrived in the UK on the weekend after a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead. He picked up the trailer, which was shipped from Zeebrugge to Purfleet. Minutes later, he entered the Essex industrial estate and the alarm was sounded
Close relatives said that Dinh Tu, who has a young son, was an acquaintance of Anna who had hoped to work as a nail stylist after arriving in the UK.
& # 39; He knew her, because this is such a small place, but they were not so good friends. He would have recognized her when they met & # 39 ;, said a family friend.
Family members named a third victim from the same village as former police officer Le Van Ha.
This has resulted in Yen Thanh & # 39; The Village of the Damned & # 39; is mentioned because other 39 victims are thought to come from the same area where there is poverty and jobs are scarce.
All three victims had left Yen Thanh a few months ago hoping to find work in the UK and send money home to support extended families.
Anna, who left school without a diploma at the age of 15, had told family and friends that she had traveled to China and Germany before reportedly climbing into the ill-fated refrigerated container that ended up in Essex.
Her cousin 30-year-old Tran Dinh Luc said she was a & # 39; happy friendly girl & # 39; had been trying to build a new life and help her family after the death of her father two years ago.
& # 39; We all miss her terribly, but maintain a miracle that she didn't end up in the truck.
& # 39; We want her back home. The family can only grieve when she is home. & # 39;
Her aunt said that she has nothing but contempt for those responsible and wants justice for her niece.
& # 39; People who have done this must be called to account & said, "Vu Thi Bich Thao.
& # 39; What kind of people can put others in a container and let them die. It is so cruel. & # 39;
The family followed the developments on their smartphones and was aware that the truck driver had been given 39 counts for manslaughter.
But his arrest is of little consolation as they deal with the horrific last moments of loved ones while desperately trying to escape from the icy grave in the container.
& # 39; It makes me so sad to think of how Anna felt in those last minutes, & # 39; a friend said.
& # 39; She must, like the others, have been terrified and want to get out.
Bich Thao said her cousin wanted to earn money to send to her mother so that she could pay off her debts.
She said that many of the houses in the village were built with money sent back by relatives who had moved abroad to find work.
Relatives had clubbed together to find the $ 10,000 demanded by human smugglers to get Anna to the UK.
Before Anna boarded the truck, she posted photos on her Facebook account where she drank bubble tea in Brussels.
Her family last heard of her on October 21, and it is the silence in the last days of the dew that has convinced her that she is dead.
A short distance away from the parental home of victim Dinh Tu, his brother said he just wanted to arrange a funeral for his younger brother.
He told how his younger brother had left Vietnam three months ago and worked in a factory in Romania, where he received just over £ 400 a month.
& # 39; He had to pay for his accommodation with the money and it was not enough. That's why he tried to come to the UK, & he said.
Nguyen Van Tinh said the widow of his brother Hoang Thi Thuong was so destroyed that she was admitted to the hospital.
& # 39; Hair is not doing well, & # 39; he said. & # 39; This has hurt the family. & # 39;
Van Tinh confirmed that on his arrival in the UK his brother would be met by two other family members who would help him find work.
He said both men worked illegally and were smuggled into the country.
& # 39; They are too scared to come forward and say something, & # 39; said Van Tinh whose eyes were red with weeping.
As usual, a small sanctuary with fruit and flowers was arranged around a photo of Dinh Tu in a front room of the house.
Visitors were asked to light an incense stick and place it next to the photo, which according to a Vietnamese tradition is meant to guide a soul home.
The driver of the cooled trailer is charged with 39 counts of manslaughter and human trafficking.
Of the 31 men and eight women, they were initially believed to be Chinese, but several Vietnamese families have now expressed the fear that their relatives are among the dead.
Many are believed to have come from impoverished villages in central Vietnam, where some families now fear the worst.
Le Minh Tuan has not heard from his son Le Van Ha since a post on Facebook about a week ago that said: & I am about to get into a car to Great Britain. I contact the family when I arrive in England, Dad. & # 39;
That was two days before the cooled trailer filled with corpses was discovered in Essex, east of London.
& # 39; We haven't heard from him since, & # 39; Tuan said to AFP, his eyes red with crying.
& # 39; He was certainly in that truck. I just want my son's body at home, & he said in Yen Hoi village, Nghe An province.
The 30-year-old left his two young sons and wife in Vietnam in June and traveled to Turkey, then Greece and France on the way to the UK.
Ha hoped to find work to repay $ 30,000 to smugglers to get him to Europe, and another $ 8,500 loan to build the family home.
& # 39; He wanted to pay the debts … and send money back to his children so that they could have a better life, & # 39; his father said, clinging to his grandson and crying.
Nearby, the mother of the missing 28-year-old man, Vo Ngoc Nam, said she had not heard of her son's fate who had worked in Romania and was planning to travel to Britain.
& # 39; I have been anxiously awaiting news from him in recent days, but we have nothing & # 39 ;, the affected mother told AFP.
Villagers planned to gather later in the day for Sunday Mass to pray for the 39 victims.
Central Vietnam is a common feeder for illegal migrants who are pursuing promises of wealth overseas. Many work illegally in the UK in nail bars or on cannabis farms, with heavy debts and subject to exploitation.
So far, five people have been arrested in Britain for the tragedy, the country's biggest murder case since the 2005 London suicide attacks.
The Essex police say they want to speed up the fingerprint identification and DNA testing process, but said it would take time.
The media in Vietnam reported that 12 families had contacted the authorities for fear that their loved ones were among the victims.
The dozen included families of Yen Thanh and Ha Tinh.
The Essex police expect that full identification of all victims will take several weeks.
Dreaming of a better life: faces of the migrants who died in a truck disaster while trying to enter the UK – as 25 of the 39 victims come from the same Vietnamese village
Hoping for a better life, here are the faces of the 39 people who are believed to have frozen to the back of a truck after a desperate attempt to reach Britain.
The victims were discovered naked or with minimal clothing and had desperately pounded the doors & # 39; for help and & # 39; foam came from their mouth & # 39 ;.
The bodies of eight women and 31 men could have been frozen in the truck for a few days when they were discovered on Wednesday in Grays, Essex, after the container traversed the channel via refugee hotspots.
It is now thought that no fewer than 25 of the 39 victims are Vietnamese and from the same impoverished coastal region of Yen Than. Family members said that most would work in nail studios.
VietHome, a British organization trying to help UK-based Vietnamese residents, said it had received 20 photos and names of people who were afraid of having been in the truck container.
Eight suspect victims have come to light so far: Hung Nguyen, Anna Bui Thi Nhung, Nguyen Dinh Tu, Le Van Ha, Vo Ngoc Nam, Pham Thi Tra My, Joseph Nguyen Dinh Luong and Hoang Van Tiep.
All 39 people have been moved from Tilbury Docks to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and are formally identified.
Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, from Vietnam, paid an agent more than $ 10,000 hoping to enter the UK.
The nail technician who paid £ 8,800 to reach England
Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, from Vietnam an agent paid more than £ 8,000 ($ 10,000) hoping to enter the UK to work as a nail technician, according to a family member.
Her mother and sister cried today as they set up an altar with incense and a picture of the suspect victim where family and friends can pray in their home in the village of Do Thanh.
The family heard from a friend in the UK that & # 39; Nhung is one of the victims & # 39 ;, said one of her relatives, who visited the mother of the missing teenager.
Nhung and many others from the Yen Thanh district, where the village is located, about 200 kilometers south of Hanoi, travel abroad in search of the kind of money they cannot earn at home. One of their main goals is to send back enough so that their families can build large houses that they would otherwise not be able to afford.
On October 21, days before her family lost contact with her and the news about the doomed container appeared, Nhung wrote in a Facebook message: "Growing up means you have to hide your grief in the dark and smile at you." face must hold. & # 39;
A family member looks at a picture of Nhung. The 19-year-old wanted to work as a nail technician, according to a family member
Nhung's family said she left Nhung for the first time on her trip abroad in August. She first went to China, before finally heading to Germany and then to Belgium, where they think she was boarding the ill-fated truck.
& # 39; I just want a peaceful life, & # 39; Nhung wrote in a caption under a photo of her smiling in a green field a few weeks after she left Vietnam.
Late on Saturday evening, Nhung's family, without hope, had an altar erected in her memory, with her photo next to her father's.
Her father died of cancer a few years ago. Her mother was unable to work due to health complications, so her loved ones went clubbing together to finance a new life abroad, the Nhung family said.
& # 39; Nhung did not have the qualifications to get a good job with a great reward. Her friends and many others here either, & # 39; said Nhung's uncle, Hoang Binh.
& # 39; Going abroad and sending money back was the only choice & # 39 ;, he added.
At the beginning of September it was not clear where she was, but Nhung was already well on her journey and was thinking about her next steps.
In addition to a stock image of two children flying kites at sunset, she posted: & # 39; While I grow up, I see that life is not as peaceful as I always thought. When I grow up, I want to go back to my childhood, when I lived free & # 39 ;.
Ton Quang Tuan, one of Nhung & # 39; s friends who live in Berlin, said that & # 39; we went out a few times when Nhung was in Berlin & # 39; and added that she was in a good mood, very happy, but she lost contact after she said she had to leave for Britain.
It was not clear how Nhung had traveled from the Vietnamese countryside to China and then Berlin, but the German capital has emerged in recent years as a stage for Vietnamese and other migrants wanting to start a new life in Britain.
& # 39; I feel lonely at the place that I dreamed of every day & # 39 ;, Nhung wrote on September 25.
Het was onduidelijk waar ze was – Vietnamese smokkelaars zouden hun onderdanen adviseren om discreet te leven en niet teveel aanwijzingen weg te geven om detectie van de autoriteiten te ontwijken.
Een paar dagen later werd Nhung afgebeeld buiten de kathedraal van Berlijn met een kop bubbelthee in haar handen.
Eind oktober was Nhung in België. Ze plaatste foto's van zichzelf, opnieuw met een kopje bubbelthee in haar hand, opgewonden verkennend de bezienswaardigheden van Brussel, waaronder de oude beurs en de drukke doorgaande Rue Auguste Orts-doorgang.
Het was vanuit de Belgische haven van Zeebrugge dat de gedoemde container uiteindelijk vertrok. Haar familie gelooft dat ze aan boord was.
In Berlijn schreef Nhung: 'Terug in Vietnam dacht ik dat Europa roze was. Maar het blijkt zwart te zijn '.
De 'VIP'-reiziger die £ 30.000 betaalde in de overtuiging dat ze met het vliegtuig en de auto naar Groot-Brittannië zou reizen en schrijnende berichten naar haar moeder stuurde toen ze stierf in de rug van een ijskoude vrachtwagen die de Noordzee overstak
Verdacht slachtoffer Pham Thi Tra My, 26, stuurde haar moeder een reeks schrijnende berichten dat ze 'van haar hield' en 'doodging omdat ze niet kon ademen' in de momenten voor haar dood, heeft haar familie beweerd
Het vermoedelijke slachtoffer Pham Thi Tra My, 26, uit Vietnam stuurde haar moeder een reeks schrijnende berichten waarin ze vertelde dat ze 'van haar hield' en 'doodging omdat ze niet kon ademen' in de momenten vóór haar dood, heeft haar familie beweerd.
Ze beweren dat ze smokkelaars van mensen £ 30.000 hebben betaald voor hun dochter om via China naar het VK te reizen 'op zoek naar een beter leven'.
Ze komt uit Ha Tinh, een verarmde provincie in een deel van Vietnam, waar veel illegale migranten van het land vandaan komen.
Nguyen Thi Phong en Pham Van Thin, zeiden tegen CNN dat het 'erg pijnlijk' was om de tekst te ontvangen – ze zei dat ze geweten had dat ze zou sterven toen ze hem stuurde.
'Ik heb zowel mijn geliefde als mijn geld verloren,' zei haar vader Pham, bewerend dat hij en zijn partner het geld bij elkaar hadden geschraapt om hun dochter te betalen om naar het VK te reizen.
Het tweetal, dat tussen hen ongeveer $ 400 per maand verdient, zei dat de smokkelaars niet vertelden hoe hun dochter naar het VK zou worden vervoerd.
'De smokkelaars zeiden dat dit een … veilige route was, dat mensen per vliegtuig, auto zouden gaan … als ik had geweten dat ze langs deze route zou gaan, zou ik haar niet hebben laten gaan,' voegde Pham eraan toe.
Een mensenrechtenactivist in Vietnam, die met Tra My's familie heeft gesproken, onthulde dat ze de gevaarlijke reis maakte omdat haar familie schulden had en ze wanhopig probeerde hen te helpen.
Haar familie beweert dat ze smokkelaars van mensen £ 30.000 hebben betaald voor hun dochter om via China naar het VK te reizen 'op zoek naar een beter leven'
'Ze was net terug uit Japan, waar ze werkte om de schuld af te lossen. En dat was niet genoeg en dus zocht ze naar een betere toekomst ', vertelde ze de BBC.
De mensenrechtenactivist vroeg anoniem te blijven: 'Voor dit meisje is het heel triest dat ze het risico nam omdat ze te maken had met schulden die door een andere man in het gezin waren gecreëerd.
'And I also learnt that the service that she was using was called 'very important service' and so it is like a business class ticket on the lorry and with that she had to pay double or three times the price of the cheap ticket.'
The human rights worker added that migrants are told they can vast amounts of money by moving to the UK, and the 26-year-old may have been convinced to purchase a 'VIP ticket' to get there.
He family mortgaged the house to get that money for her, the human rights worked added.
Pham Thi Tra's last text messages were sent at 10.28pm BST on Tuesday – two hours before the truck reached the UK, as it was en route from Belgium.
She told her mother: 'I'm sorry Mum. My journey abroad hasn't succeeded. Mum, I love you so much. I'm dying because I can't breathe.'
Tra My's brother told the BBC on Friday that his sister had told them not to contact her because 'the organisers' did not allow her to receive calls.
He said she flew to China from her home in Can Lộc, a rural district of Hà Tĩnh Province in Vietnam, then left for France and initially attempted to cross the border into the UK on October 19, but 'got caught' and turned back.
Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20, pictured at Montmartre in Paris planned to work in a nail salon when he got to Britain
20-year-old impoverished Vietnamese province with dreams of a better life in a British nail bar
Another of the suspected victims was revealed to be Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20.
His father Nguyen Dinh Gia said his son told him two weeks ago he planned to travel to Britain from France, where he had been living illegally since 2018.
He said he would pay £10,000 ($14,000) for the journey and planned to work in a nail salon when he got to Britain.
But Gia got a call several days ago from a Vietnamese man saying 'Please have some sympathy, something unexpected happened,' he told AFP.
'I fell to the ground when I heard that,' Gia told AFP.
'It seemed that he was in the truck with the accident, all of them dead,' he added.
His father told The Associated Press he had not been able to reach him since last week. He had said he would join a group in Paris that was trying to reach England.
'He often called home but I haven't been able to reach him since the last time we talked last week,' Nguyen Dinh Gia said. 'I told him that he could go to anywhere he wants as long as it's safe. He shouldn't worry about money, I'll take care of it.'
He said his son left home in central Ha Tinh province to work in Russia in 2017, then on to Ukraine. In April 2018, he arrived in Germany then traveled to France. He told his family that he wanted to go to the UK.
Luong's older brother, Pham Dinh Hai, said that Luong had a tattoo of praying hands on a cross on his right shoulder. The family said they shared the information with local authorities. Luong is also from Ha Tinh.
One of the newly named suspected victims, Nguyen Dinh Tu
The ex-soldier who left his wife and young son at home
One of the newly named suspected victims, Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26, had a few months ago asked his wife Hoang Thi Thuong to help him raise £11,000 ($14,000) to cover the cost of an illicit trip from Germany to the United Kingdom.
Mrs. Hoang revealed that he had worked illegally in Romania and Germany and begged her for money to go to the UK.
'I lost contact with him on October 21,' Thuong said with tears in her eyes. 'I have a big debt to pay, no hope, and no energy to do anything'.
Tu's father said relatives in the United Kingdom had told him that Tu was inside the truck, and had been planning to pick him up.
'They were supposed to pick him up at the drop-off point but they called and said Tu was in that truck,' Tu's father, Nguyen Dinh Sat, said.
'I haven't heard anything from my son'.
Tu had a few months ago asked his wife Hoang Thi Thuong (pictured with her son) to help him raise £11,000 ($14,000) to cover the cost of an illicit trip from Germany to the United Kingdom
Father-of-two Vo Ngoc Nam, 28, is also feared to have been in the ill-fated container
Father-of-two who called his family on day of tragedy asking them to pray for his safe journey to Britain
Father of two Vo Ngoc Nam, 28, is also feared to have been in the ill-fated container.
His wife, Ta Thi Oanh, told Vietnamese media that he had called her last Tuesday afternoon to say that he was on the truck that went to Britain.
He asked her to call her parents and ask them to pray for him, but nothing has been heard since.
Mr Nam's father, Vo Ngoc Luyen, said: 'After reading information about the 39 people in the container in the UK, my family is extremely shocked. We are anxiously waiting for official information from the authorities.'
Nam is believed to have travelled to Romania, before Germany and France, to find work. The local report described the family situation as 'difficult'.
Hoang Van Tiep, 18, (right) is feared to have died alongside his cousin in the container
The youngest to die: Victim believed his £13,500 to traffickers would mean a taxi into Britain
Believed to be the youngest victim, Hoang Van Tiep, 18, is feared to have died with his cousin Hung Nguyen.
Tiep left home two years ago after his family got a £13,500 loan to pay for him to travel to Russia and on to France.
He had left his family in Yen Thanh to risk his life getting into the UK.
His father Hoag said his teenager son had also told him that he would be travelling by taxi to the UK. The family had raised the £17,500 to pay people smugglers get the teen into the UK.
Cousins Hung Nguyen, 33, (right) and Hoang Van Tiep (left) were both feared to be in the container
The dishwasher who had been trafficked to France and had waited for his cousin before crossing the Channel
Hung Nguyen, 33, had been working in France as a dishwasher before his trip to Britain.
His family paid smugglers £13,400 last year to get him to France, and were asked for a similar amount last week.
He was reunited with his cousin Hoang Van Tiep for the final leg of the journey to Britain and are feared dead together, their families say.
A picture of carpenter Le Van Ha is kept on a prayer altar at his house in Vietnam's Nghe province
Former policeman who never met his new baby back home in Vietnam
Carpenter Le Van Ha is feared to have died without ever meeting his three-month-old son.
The 30-year-old left his heavily pregnant wife and their two young sons in June, when he travelled to Turkey, then Greece and France on his way to Britain.
Relatives said his widow Tran Thi Hoa, 29, was suffering from shock after she only learned he was missing when officials asked her for a photograph to help with identification.
His father Le Minh Huan said Ha had wanted to send money home to his family, to clear the £23,000 paid to people smugglers and another £6,600 loan to build his family's home.
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