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Cardi B Will Pay for the Funeral Expenses of the Largely Muslim Bronx Fire Victims


Cardi B has offered to pay the funeral and burial expenses of all victims of the Bronx fire, most of whom were Muslim. The tragic incident took place on January 9, when a deadly fire ripped through a high-rise residential complex in New York City, claiming the lives of 17 people including eight children.

The American rapper, born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar grew up in the Bronx and has vowed to cover the costs by joining forces with The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. “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,” the Grammy-winning artist said in a statement via the mayor’s office. “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.”

Since many of the victims are also immigrants from The Gambia, the rapper has also committed to paying repatriation expenses for victims who will be buried there. NYC Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement, “We are grateful for Cardi B, a real superstar on and off the mic, for granting some critical financial relief to families of the victims. The city will be forever thankful to her and also to the grassroots donors and corporate partners who have been able to offer immediate support for our neighbors in need, to reestablish themselves during this difficult time.”

“Cardi B, in true New York fashion, swiftly answered the call to help those affected by this tragic fire,” said Daniele Baierlein and Jorge Luis Paniagua Valle, co-executive directors, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. “We are grateful for her generous commitment to cover funeral expenses and lessen the financial burden for the families during this most difficult time.”

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