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Father grieves for seven kids killed in Brooklyn fire – New York Daily News

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 12:13 PM

The Sassoon family pictured with seven of their eight children. A fire in their Midwood, Brooklyn home earlier Saturday killed seven of the children.Facebook

The Sassoon family pictured with seven of their eight children. A fire in their Midwood, Brooklyn home earlier Saturday killed seven of the children.

A heartbroken father mourned Sunday the loss of seven of his children to a Brooklyn fire.

Friends and relatives of the Sassoon family joined the dad, Gabi Sassoon, at Shomrei Hadas Chapel for the funeral of the kids aged 5 to 16. 

“They were so pure.. They all had faces of angels…Hashem knows how much I love them,” Gabi said, according to tweets by Jewish Political reporter Jacob Kornbluh.

“I lost everything…I sacrificed seven pure sheep on Rosh Chodesh Nissan,” he added, referring to the start of the Hebrew month of Nissan.

After the ceremony the bodies will be flown to Israel and buried in Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem.

Flowers at the scene of the two-story home in Midwood, Brooklyn where seven siblings died in a fire.Kena Betancur/Getty Images

Flowers at the scene of the two-story home in Midwood, Brooklyn where seven siblings died in a fire.

Attendees wept in the street as Gigi’s devastated words were played over a loudspeaker.

“Please everyone, love your child; love your student; Understand them..Surrender and do Hashem’s will,” Gabi said.

The funeral, attended by hundreds of Orthodox Jews and numerous elected officials, took place roughly three miles from the Sassoon’s two-story home in Brooklyn that erupted in flames early Saturday due to an untended hot plate.

The victims — all members of the Sassoon family — were between 5 and 16 years old. The boys were identified as Yaakob, 5; Moshe, 8; Yeshua, 10 and David, 12. The sisters were identified as Sara, 6; Rivkah, 11, and Eliane, 16.

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The fire at 3371 Bedford Ave. Saturday morning.

After the ceremony the bodies will be flown to Israel and buried in Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem.

Their mother, Gayle Sassoon, 45, escaped the blaze by jumping from a second-story window along with a 15-year-old daughter, Siporah. Both sustained serious burns and injuries from smoke inhalation and were in critical condition.

The victims — all members of the Sassoon family — were between 5 and 16 years old. The boys were identified as Yaakob, 5; Moshe, 8; Yeshua, 10 and David, 12. The sisters were identified as Sara, 6; Rivkah, 11, and Eliane, 16.

After the ceremony the bodies will be flown to Israel and buried in Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem.

Their mother, Gayle Sassoon, 45, escaped the blaze by jumping from a second-story window along with a 15-year-old daughter, Siporah. Both sustained serious burns and injuries from smoke inhalation and were in critical condition.

When authorities broke the news to the family patriarch at a synagogue in Manhattan he fell to his knees and dissolved in tears, a community member told the Daily News.

The fire was the deadliest in New York City since 2007, when a Bronx blaze claimed nine children.

A shaken Mayor de Blasio visited the scorched scene.

“Every room empty, and burned, and charred,” he said Saturday.

“I can only imagine what the father is going through, and we all have to be there to support him. We have to pray for the mother and the daughter who’s still alive, and hope they make it through.”

sbrown@nydailynews.com

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