KUALA LUMPUR- The next-of-kin of one of the young victims of the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah fire found it difficult to identify his body, as it was burned beyond recognition.
Noor Aini Kamarudeen, 31, the sister-in-law of victim Muhammad Haikal Abdullah, 12, said the second round of the identification process by the deceased’s mother and siblings was inconclusive, and they will have to wait until later today for the DNA test results to confirm his identity.
“Based on the pictures we saw, the body had a sweater, a ring and a watch on. We could not confirm, as the body was completely burnt.
“Whatever the results of the DNA test (today), our family will accept it,” she said when met at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (IPFN), at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL).
She said the youngest of the seven siblings had just celebrated his birthday, on Sept 6.
Noor Aini described her young brother-in-law as cheerful and affectionate.
“My mother-in-law had just visited him (the day before the fire). Last week, we took him out to the Titiwangsa Lake Garden. We did not expect it to be our last outing together,” she said in tears.
A total of 21 students and two teachers were killed in the fire at 5.15am. -Bernama