Rapper Cardi B is offering to pay the burial costs for all 17 people killed in a fire that devastated a New York City high rise in Cardi's home borough of The Bronx. With many of the fire's victims being of Gambian backgrounds, many families have plans to bury them in the West African country. Cardi B has committed to paying the repatriation expenses for the families who will be buried in Gambia, according to the mayor's office.
"The resilience of this city reflects everyday New Yorkers who never turn their back on one another," Adams said. "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."
The fire, which was New York City's deadliest in three decades, was sparked by a faulty space heater, according to authorities. 19 people were killed, including nine children, in the Twin Parks North West apartment complex in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx on January 9, 2022.
“I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still,” Cardi said via statement. “So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help. 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.”